The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now available, with some pre-orders shipping out this week. With its positional tracking and 3D audio effect, Oculus Rift is expected to change a lot of industries, and the slots world could be one of them. But how exactly are slots expected to change? Here's a quick look at what slots could soon look like with advanced VR technology now available to the consumer market.
The most-exciting thing about VR slots will be the games themselves. Although there are no VR slots currently available on the market, Topgame has provided the industry with some early prototypes on how VR slots might look. It's very likely that other software providers are also dabbling in this space, ultimately waiting to see how well Oculus Rift is received.
Odds are that they would make players feel like they're right in front of the reels, rather than watching the action through a screen. So when symbols perform animations, you would see them up close and feel more a part of the action. Bonus rounds would also be very entertaining since you could be put in the seat of a plane, in the middle of a vampire hunt or in the role of a superhero.
Gaming operators have often wondered how they can attract more millennials since their customer base is largely middle-aged and older people. And VR technology could give them the angle they've been searching for.
Most of what's available right now in terms of virtual reality centers on the casinos themselves. SlotsMillion made a lot of headlines when they launched their VR casino back in October, which allows you to walk around the top floor of a skyscraper that's complete with slot machines, a bar and a view of the clouds. The bar is especially important here because you can sit and interact with fellow slots players.
An app called Riftsino is also gaining attention because it takes you into a 3D casino. An early look reveals that you'll be able to play table games like baccarat and blackjack with your hands, picking up your chips and actually placing them on the table. We can only imagine that Riftsino has some other unique thoughts in mind for slots too.
It may be some time before we see virtual reality become more common in the slots world. After all, the Oculus Rift headset is a pricey $599 right now, meaning the average player will probably stick to their smartphone or PC for now. But it's still exciting to think what the slots world could look like in another five years or so.