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VR technology has been quite a hot topic in the past couple of years. It went from a thing that you would think as a part of a cyberpunk movie to something you can buy at the price of an XBox.

How is it changing the world of gambling today? Let’s find that out!

How VR changed gaming
Now, VR hasn’t made its big appearance in gambling just yet. The industry as a whole seems to be a year past the tip of technology, to be honest. So since we have a bit of time before VR changes gambling for good, let’s see how it changed gaming. This will help us learn what to expect.

Modern gaming has always been directed at trying to be as realistic as possible. Sure, the indie games have been around for a while, but the top selling games are first-person shooters and the games with intricate plots.

The two things that interest the most people in games are being realistically shocking and violent, and being realistically immersive. The ordinary way of pursuing these two goals used to be making better graphics for a monitor to display. Now, VR changed that drastically.

Instead of trying to fit inside of a computer screen, games now have the possibility to be as real as it gets. They can fit inside of a helmet that’s showing you the picture as if you’re the one experiencing it.

In addition to improving the realism in games, VR brought another thing to the world of gaming. It wasn’t expected by anyone, but a new form of online interaction was developed VR chat.

It would strike you as odd if you heard that a bunch of people are going to hang out in the virtual posing as anime girls or characters from Sonic and do nothing at all. Despite this, VR chat gained popularity, and nobody knows what it will become.

How VR changed gambling today
While you may argue that gaming was transformed by the VR technology, gambling wasn’t. At least up to this point.

The only VR slot that has gotten any media attention was Gonzo’s Quest from NetEnt. The company took its classic best selling slot and made a VR remake.

It’s sure fun to play, but Gonzo’s Quest in VR doesn’t look much different from what it designed for mobile phones version. It’s just bigger and has fancier animations.

So, so far gambling was pretty much intact in the tsunami that is virtual reality.

The technology is cheap
The thing that leads us to believe VR will change gambling at least a bit is that VR technology is super cheap these days. You can buy an Oculus Rift set for as little as $400. A low-end Samsung VR set would cost you around $150. You can even buy a cheap version of VR glasses, Google Cardboard, for as little as $15.

With this cheap tech, millions of people will be able to experience VR. There will be many gamblers among them, so casinos will catch up soon.

What the future holds
The odds are, the very slot gameplay is not going to change. The slot as it is today relies too much on the screen. It just wasn’t developed to be realistic and 3D. But there are many possible ways a company that wants to make a profit out of VR slots can take.

In the coming years, we can see a VR casino. That would be a website represented as a VR space, where visitors can gather, interact online, and play their favorite games together. Players can throw on funny skins and go on to have a poker night with friends.

Some grand casinos may even be tempted to cash in on their fame. Don’t be surprised if you see Las Vegas in VR soon.

But the ultimate change that VR may bring is exactly what happened to gaming. This new medium gives the possibility to create a new form of a game. We could very well be standing on the verge of a new form of gambling being introduced.