In 2015 SlotsMillion launched the first ever virtual reality casino. At first it was perceived as a little difficult to understand, players could walk around the casino, sit at the bar and play slot machines. However, to experience this wasn’t as simple as putting on a VR headset, there was a lot of software and programs to download and some pc’s weren’t compatible and the requirements in order for it to work fully weren’t common on most pc’s, it’s almost as though SlotMillion launched the virtual casino a little too early but after years of thinking that the industry had reached its peak in terms of innovations, SlotsMillion came in with its virtual casino and following on from that came NetEnt re launched one of its biggest hits, Gonzo’s Quest, in virtual reality format – read more here.
NetEnt has exceeded though with Gonzo’s Quest. NetEnt’s favourite explorer dons a virtual reality headset himself and off he goes on his adventures now in 3D. The symbols now jump out at the players and players can look around their world in a full 360-degree view and being able to look behind them too towards the rain forest and even see some animals and plant life. The game is truly immersing and a whole new experience whilst still holding on to the original Gonzo’s Quest theme and excitement.
The features and game controls are pretty much the same as a normal online slot machine as are the graphics and animations; however, the virtual interaction with the other players in the virtual casino is something new entirely. Players can walk around and even see which games the other players are playing but cannot see balances or the screen, players can even play within their own private room. It does make an ordinary online slot video game into a more exciting overall experience.
Another game from NetEnt that is now available in virtual reality format is the famous Starburst slot game. Since it’s launch in 2012 the game has always been a firm favourite. Now the game feels as though it is literally popping out of the screen. The game is the same as the original Starburst but the graphics, animations and 3D views spice it up a little.
It’s not just NetEnt adapting its games to be virtual reality. PokerStars launched its beta testing version of PokerStars VR in September 2018. The reviews are limited at the moment
Games can be played without a virtual reality headset but the player wont get the full effect without them. There are several VR headsets on the market, a popular one being Oculus Rift goggles which most player’s claim is the best VR headset for casinos and slots. There are other models available ranging in cost and compatibility but the most basic of all is Google Cardboard, a piece of cardboard that can be folded and houses the player’s smartphone. The player then holds it to their head rather than it being strapped on. Ideal for the VR beginner.