The casino industry is enjoying quite a boom right now. Mobile technology and the rise of the smartphone and tablet now let gamblers play when and where they want. App-based casinos are encouraging this new trend of mobile gambling.
Mobile access lets casinos reach new players and give existing players more features to enjoy. The response has been very positive from players. Mobile gambling is growing at 10% annually, and by 2020 is projected to account for as much as 40% of online gambling.
VR plays a huge role in that projection. With VR set to skyrocket at 800% in the next five years, it’s a sure bet that VR will impact the casino industry.
Why will VR be the next big thing in online gambling? To put it bluntly, it’s all about user experience.
Consider the evolution of online gambling. From its humble beginnings to the dynamic 3D play we know today, online gambling is constantly shifting based on current technology. With VR being the rising technology for user interface, you can expect developers to gladly adopt VR platforms that provide players with the best gambling experience possible.
Imagine this scenario. You go to your favorite casino room and select your game, stakes, table, just like you do now, but with VR, you get new settings options. I don’t mean settings like play speed or volume controls. I mean settings like where you’ll play the game.
Imagine playing at iconic locations in Vegas or Monte Carlo, or on the moon, or on the set of a blockbuster movie, or even in a smoky 1920’s-style speakeasy. The options are endless and will inevitably be driven by player demand, like so many things in the casino industry.
There’s no denying the appeal of VR, especially among younger demographics. Players will soon find themselves logging in with their VR headsets and immersing themselves entirely in the gambling experience, with fellow players gathered around the table, each with a stack of chips. Interactions will be tactile movements. You’ll bet by handling your chips, and you’ll be able to pick up your cards. These are the exciting innovations VR promises online gamblers.
VR gambling is the next big thing for the casino industry. VR is here, and it’s only going to become more commonplace. Plus, with VR devices selling for as little as $15, players won’t have to spend too much to enjoy a VR casino experience.