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Virtual reality iGaming is coming

For years now, virtual reality has been slowly gaining traction in the world of mainstream tech. Back in 2016, experts assumed that the new platform would take off immediately, having been improved significantly by big brands such as Oculus. Alas, the technology only managed to generate around $6.1 billion worldwide that year and, though that amount doubled throughout 2017, VR has garnered a reputation in some circles for being a gimmick.

However, that doesn’t mean that VR will be abandoned to the annals of tech history, forgotten alongside the likes of Blackberry mobile phones, Windows 8 and QR codes. According to Statista, by 2022, it’s thought that the virtual and augmented reality markets will grow dramatically, accumulating $192.7 billion in a single year. This is due to the fact that several industries are still working with the technology, with the most popular sector being online casinos.

Can online casinos make anything popular?

Throughout the last decade, the online casino industry has grown significantly and has consistently remained at the forefront of technological advancements. As soon as the internet started to become a household amenity back in the 1990s, online casinos began to appear online, attracting thousands of eager gamers.

Over the years, these platforms have adapted, introducing impeccably designed table games, slots with graphics on par with console titles and, more recently, many have worked with live streaming tech to provide live casino games. Now, it isn’t unusual for big online casino brands to run exclusive services such as Club Royale at Mr Green, where the latest tech is implemented to provide exclusive benefits and loyal players can partake in live tournaments or even go on casino holidays together. With such a well-established history of adopting new tech, it’s no surprise that casino operators are looking for ways to use VR.

Have online casinos started adopting VR?

Online casino software developers Microgaming are world-renowned for their innovative games, so players around the world were excited when they launched VR Roulette. This title enables players to not only stand beside a virtual roulette table but they can also pick up and place their chips, just like they would in a physical casino, and then spin the wheel.

This tech first appeared at the International Casino Expo in 2016, where it was met with mostly positive feedback from testers who claimed the game was very realistic and immersive. Unfortunately, it seems as though Microgaming may have been a little too ahead of the curve, as, while the game would be undoubtedly successful, not enough players have access to expensive VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.

So, it seems as though we will have to wait for VR to evolve further and become more affordable before more VR games begin to appear at online casinos. For now, players are able to experience more realistic gameplay with the help of live casinos but we’re sure casino operators are keen to step that up a notch with VR.

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