VR casinos are slowly making their way to the mainstream of the gambling industry.
Currently, there are not many VR casinos that let players gamble with real money, but we can expect more of them very soon. 2016 report by Juniper predicts that the total amount of bets in VR casinos will reach $520 million by 2021, amounting to an 800 per cent rise over the next few years. In comparison, in 2016 total amount of bets in VR casinos was $58.5 million. Early adopters are expected to be millennials, high rollers, with advanced VR headsets or smartphone-based ones.
Some online casinos, like SlotsMillions, already made first steps by offering gambling on virtual slots. You can walk around their virtual casino freely, experience incredibly realistic environment, sit in the lounge, see other players, and try one of a dozen slots currently on offer either in VR or in 3D mode. Top developers like NetEnt and Microgaming are already investing in this new market and have created VR versions of their most popular slots, that you can try out at SlotsMillions. All you need for the VR experience is to plug in a VR headset. You won’t be able to gamble with real money at the moment, because SlotsMillions are currently developing a new platform for this purpose.
Why would anyone want to gamble in a VR casino, rather than at a regular online or land-based casino? The main reason is that VR gives online gamblers what they were lacking before, an experience of being at an actual casino, from the comfort of their home. The social factor is also significant because VR enables players to interact with each other in a more lifelike manner. One could say that a VR casino is the next best thing to visiting the real one, but in some ways VR casinos can offer even more than real ones. What if you want to play poker in the Wild West or gamble in outer space? You could also give your avatar a cowboy hat, elf ears, or completely change your looks. In Social Club VR: Casino Nights you can play privately with friends and even challenge them for a fencing or a shooting match. The opportunities are countless.
VR holds promising prospects for casinos, as the entire gaming sector rapidly develops in that direction. There are already headsets that allow for a fully immersive experience, we can only expect the technology to improve in the following years. With VR market expected to reach over $50 billion by 2021, and as VR gaming platforms are already becoming more affordable, non-VR games might even become obsolete.
All things considered, the future is looking bright for VR online casinos.