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Published on July 19th, 2017 | by gareth


Why is there so much hype around VR gaming?

Whilst many are yet to stumble across Virtual Reality Gaming, there remains a huge hype surrounding it. News articles, gamers, trend watchers and technology fanatics are forever hyping VR gaming up.


Samsung, HTC, Sony, Facebook and Google are just some of the big names launching their own VR headsets and we’re constantly being told that the way we watch movies and play games is set to be revolutionised.


Gaming will never be the same again and you will soon be able to recreate any human experience, or throw yourself into adventures out of Hollywood blockbusters. It’s the thought of such exciting prospects that is getting so many of us excited about VR gaming.


Conferences covering the possibilities of VR gaming have proved mightily popular as gaming fans around the world lick their lips at the thought of VR becoming more and more mainstream.


And it’s set to become so mainstream that even online casinos are getting in on the action. Even without VR, we have come leaps and bounds from 20 years ago when developers of online casinos aimed to make their site’s look as realistic as possible with poor graphics and minimal setting.


Now, the progress is there for all to see with crystal clear sharpness in the quality of any casino game, whether it be poker, slots or the increasingly popular roulette free play. The sounds are also frightening realistic, perfectly matched with that of a casino on the Vegas strip.


There are also a host of live casinos out there that allow players to interact with a real-life dealer from a brick and mortar casino. Virtual Reality will be able to combine the top elements of existing casino sites and create a real-life casino experience that can rival any Vegas or Monte Carlo gambling house.


Virtual Reality gambling is set to take off and wagers are set to rise some 800% in the next five years. This driven by high rollers who are ultimately tipped to become huge fans of the technology.


It is estimated that the total amount of bets from VR gambling will grow from just over $58.5million in 2017 to just shy of $520million by 2021.


The developers of VR and augmented reality have understandably remained cautiously optimistic regarding the future of VR. Profits are almost certain, however, to adopt the technology with smartphones is going to prove a lengthy process.


Much of the work in VR is focused in the games and entertainment space, with some 78% of the focus headed that way.


Though, many still see smartphones as a means of casual gamers, so serious gamers may not wish to pair their VR headset with their smartphone but rather, favour it with a console.


Still, the prospect of VR remains that fascinating that it’s likely even those who aren’t avid gamers will want to sample the technology. When you can experience a rollercoaster stimulation, trip to the Vegas strip, helicopter flight, zombie attack – you name it – the hype around VR is more than understandable.



About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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