Virtual reality could revolutionize playing online casino games
Could virtual reality reinvent on the online casino experience? One Canadian company called Lucky VR seems to think so. The company combines the virtual reality experience offered by Oculus Rift with playing online casino games in a real casino.
The result is supposed to be an immersive casino experience unlike anything seen before. Or perhaps it’s exactly what you’ve experienced before. The virtual reality casino experience is designed to mirror Vegas and put you directly in a live casino without forcing you to leave your house.
Sounds like nothing new, right? After all, many online casinos, including The Virtual Casino, boast that you can play online casino games from the comforts of your own home without the cost and hassle associated with heading to a real casino. We design our table games to be incredibly realistic so that you feel like you’re playing in a casino.
But the virtual reality concept takes things further by putting you right at the table or slots as if you’re actually there. You can look left, look right, look up, look down, and see everything around you as if you were in a real casino.
Sounds great, right? In theory, it might be. Except for one thing. Virtual reality can make people dizzy. Extremely dizzy. So will online casinos embrace this technology knowing that it will turn some people off exclusively from playing any type of casino game? I’m not so sure.
Even more, there’s an extra cost factor involved. If you don’t own an Oculus Rift, you’d have to go out and buy one to participate in a Virtual Reality online casino game. The extra cost factor could be prohibitive to many people starting out playing online casino games.
What’s more, many people like to multitask while playing online casino games. Many of our players also enjoy online poker at various Hold’em sites (we don’t offer online poker, aside from video poker). With a VR experience, you’d need to be exclusively focused on the casino game in question.
There’s one other thing at play. Many online casinos, The Virtual Casino included, already offer live dealer casino games. With those games, you get to play against a real dealer at a real casino without leaving home. There’s no headset to wear.
Instead, a live video feed makes its way onto your screen. You place your bets on a virtual felt, usually underneath or next to the live dealer. The live dealer knows exactly what you bet because the information is fed to her. The experience is just like virtual reality, except it won’t make you dizzy.
If you want to try the realistic live dealer casino games right now, all you need is a Windows PC. Then, download the free Virtual Casino software and start playing. If you’re on a Mac, you won’t be able to play live dealer casino games because they’re not available on Instant Play. However, if you run a virtual machine like Parallels or Fusion, you can experience live dealer action, so give it a try and let us know what you think.