The gaming industry has been a major benefactor of virtual reality technology. Numerous business models have been revamped and created because of VR. It now appears the online poker industry may go through a revival of its own. Creating a more immersive poker experience for players can vastly improve the revenue streams for service providers. As casino games become more mainstream, new opportunities need to be explored.
Casino Games and Virtual Reality
A few years ago, online casino games were met with a fair bit of scrutiny. These offerings would not necessarily have the same appeal as the real thing. It is often difficult to translate a physical experience into something digital. Even so, casino games are becoming vastly more mainstream in 2019 and beyond. It is only normal operators begin to look for new ways to keep players immersed for longer periods of time.
Enter virtual reality technology. Especially in the online poker segment, VR is already making its presence felt. Virtual reality poker is the new hot trend to follow. The combination of virtual avatars, immersive environments, and a smooth atmosphere almost makes one forget they aren’t in a real casino. That is the power of VR technology available on the market today.
In fact, it seems a fair few operators prepare to go all-in on VR poker. That is a remarkable decision, considering the lackluster appeal virtual reality has these days. Despite the conservative market growth outlook, VR poker is quickly becoming a form of social gaming. It is interactive, interesting, and adds a social aspect to playing poker online which would otherwise remain out of reach. Although there is still work to be done, the landscape continues to evolve on a regular basis.
This emerging trend can lead to innovative features in the future. It is expected most online poker apps and platforms will be VR-ready in the next five years. PokerStars is paving the way in this regard with their VR app spanning multiple platforms. It is, for some, the next generation of immersive gaming. Only time will tell if VR can effectively live up to those expectations moving forward.
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