PokerStars Plans to Bring a VR Experience to Market in Late 2018

Various major companies and brands explore options in virtual reality. Pokerstars is the latest company to experiment with the endless possibilities. Their online poker platform may very well receive VR support sooner rather than later. A remarkable decision, especially when considering how much the industry is struggling for traction.

PokerStars and VR is a Logical Mix

In the world of online poker, everyone has heard of PokerStars. That is only normal, as the company has a global presence and maintains a very attractive marketing model. Moreover, the company is known for innovating and using new technologies when the time arises. In this regard, the company is currently exploring options in the VR industry.

A closed beta of the PokerStars VR platform is currently being tested by select players. It is expected this new venture will go public in late 2018, although no specific date has been communicated as of yet. The company aims to provide a more authentic poker experience for online players. Being able to interact and see other players’ ticks can be quite appealing to the right audience.

It is expected players will be able to customize their own avatar. It is evident the demand for customization will play an increasing role of importance in the VR industry. Within the virtual world, players can manage their cards and chips. It is also possible to play mind games with opponents, although it remains to be seen how many options lie ahead in this regard.

On the background front, it appears PokerStars will offer a few different “settings”. Ranging from a yacht to a Wild West saloon and exotic backdrops, things will undoubtedly get very interesting moving forward. The world of online poker is due for a big upgrade, and VR may be the right way to go in this regard.

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By JP Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a FinTech, VR, and Bitcoin enthusiast living in Belgium.