As processing power and related gaming technologies continue to evolve, we inevitably see more complex systems. Whether through the graphics themselves or some improvements to the way in which games handle artificial intelligence, the end result is often a more exciting and engaging experience. Related to this is the recent proliferation of virtual and augmented reality technology, which has only in the last few years moved from the realm of expensive and unwieldy to consumer friendly and appealing to the mass-market. While this represents innumerable possibilities, today we are interested in seeing how this might gel with the online casino market, another industry which has seen considerable growth over the last few years. What can we expect from this in the future?
The reason we have chosen to focus on the online casino industry for this ties into just how efficient these businesses can be when it comes to adapting to new technologies. While there are many industries which can only exist or thrive because of the internet, online casinos have performed far better than most, and are at this point far better established. There are many reasons for this, one of which is the intense competition between online casinos for players’ attention. At this point almost any game available in a real casino can be enjoyed using the services – you can play craps online, roulette, blackjack, slots, poker, and even, in many cases, something like the lottery. This phenomenon has also been seen through casinos’ new focus on adapting to the growing mobile device market, and represents one of the most realistic opportunities for AR/VR on a large scale, so we see true integration here as just a matter of time.
VR and AR are great, but are not without their limitations. One of the largest issues here is one of mobility. These devices are so far still unwieldy and usually need to be connected to powerful computer systems, which limit the radius in which they can be used. This is where we feel the perfection of the match comes into play. Casino games like blackjack, craps, or anything in between, do not require a lot of moving around, making them the ideal fit for virtual or augmented reality. This can also tie into where casinos have already made progress with live dealers – dealers for online games who are actual, live people on camera. It’s not a stretch to see this extended into a full virtual experience, either for the individual or a social group.
Balancing the Future
While we do not expect that VR/AR casino games will play a big part in the future, we do not expect they will ever replace traditional casinos or online casino games. Playing from home, socializing among people either real or virtual, or not at all, everybody has their own taste. What we do expect is a tomorrow with more choice, and we can’t wait to see what this will bring us.