When you think about a land-based casino you might imagine sparkling lights, exciting noises, and dealers and players moving around the tables and slot machines. When you think about playing online, you might imagine the bold colours of the games flickering across your computer or mobile screen. There is a palpable dissonance between the two images generated in your mind. But, virtual reality casinos are effectively closing that gap and offering players a fitting substitute for the thrill of their land-based counterparts — all from the comfort of home.
Virtual Reality Casino Environment
The VR casino projects a three-dimensional environment to a player through a headset, or goggles. This artificial environment replaces a player’s real environment while the headset is worn. There are already quite a few virtual reality casino developers that are capable of replicating real-life environments with high-quality, 3D audio-visual graphics. The high-resolution graphics include everything from the casino floors to gaming tables and slots. Once you have the headset on and are logged in to the VR casino, you can be completely immersed in the gambling experience.
It doesn’t stop at the games either. Some virtual reality casinos have added lobbies and even bars to their repertoire. Need a break from the slots? No problem, go relax in the lounge for a few minutes and watch the game on the big screen. The only thing that will be missing is your waiter or waitress, but you can pour yourself a drink or make a sandwich before the game starts and pretend they served it to you.
Virtual Reality Casino Games
There are several types of games currently available. Many VR casinos are an extension of an already existing online casino, and they tend to add their most popular games to the VR suite first. For this reason, the games will usually be dominated by slots, but some have added table games to the mix. These games, such as roulette, poker, blackjack and baccarat, also include the sights and sounds that gamers expect to find in a land-based casino. Here’s a rundown of some of the most prevalent options in VR gaming.
VR Slots — the slot games look like they do at real casino, with all the colours and sounds that come with it. Other people in the VR casino will be able to see that you are occupying your slot machine, but they won’t be able to see your screen or your balance.
VR Blackjack — virtual reality blackjack brings you all the excitement of playing at an authentic blackjack table at a land-based casino, without having to get dressed up for the occasion.
VR Roulette — the virtual reality roulette provides the freedom of playing because you can play at the table as you would in real life, without having to look for a space to be able to place your bets amongst a table full of people bumping and nudging you.
VR Multiplayer Games — multiplayer games can be played alongside other players, even your friends, as they allow several characters to play at the same time using different avatars.