The hands-down most impressive exhibit at February’s 2016 ICE Totally Gaming conference was Microgaming’s demmo of VR Roulette. The award-winning technology is sure to be a catalyst for the future of virtual reality casinos, and thanks to the advanced developments of companies like Oculus Rift, that future could be a lot closer than you may think.
Microgaming exhibited its immersive VR roulette game, developed in conjunction with the latest headset by Oculus Rift and the 3D motion sensor technology of Leap Motion. The game blew away all in attendance, who praised Microgaming for fabricating the most immersive and entertaining gameplay experience the interactive gambling industry has ever known.
Microgaming’s Head of Product Channels, Neill Whyte, iterated the company’s desire to spearhead the future of virtual reality casinos; something they predict will soon become a primary focal point for interactive games developers. “We’re going to make sure that we are part of that wave,” said Whyte.
The global online gambling market has progressed at a rapid pace over the last two decades. From its humble beginnings of unimaginative slot machines and basic table games, players now have access to thousands of slots, dozens of unique card games, creative video poker variants and much more.
Along the way, desktop PCs gave way to powerful laptops, eventually superseded by advancements in mobile technology like smartphones and tablets. It’s been predicted that 2016 will be the year mobile gaming overtakes traditional TV/console games, and at the lightning-fast speed technology is progressing, VR casinos could be the visionary wave that tops the gaming totem pole in the foreseeable future.
Microgaming’s visionary exhibition of its new VR roulette game impressed the crowd at 2016 ICE Totally Gaming, as well as the judges at last September’s Global Gaming Awards, easily winning them the prestigious title of Digital Gaming Innovation of the Year.
Microgmaing’s VR Roulette Game – Space Roulette
The VR roulette game introduced by Microgaming features a futuristic 3D table and robotic dealer surrounded by the enigmatic void of outer space, aptly titles ‘Space Roulette‘. Utilizing the Oculus Rift DK 2 headset, infused with Leap Motion 3D Controller technology, a player’s hand movements are precisely mimicked and projected into the virtual reality casino world.
A press release described the VR roulette game as “an excitingly real yet surreal take of a seat at the roulette table…
“Examining analogue interactions across real and virtual environments, Microgaming developed VR Roulette to study the immersive potential of 3D technology in the gaming industry,” the PR continued. “They ended up creating a stunning game in its own right, and have built on the findings to create Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for a range of devices.”
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, was thrilled to accept the Digital Gaming Innovation award for his company’s venture in VR roulette and virtual reality casino gaming. “To win an award for innovation is particularly close to my heart as we have always worked so hard to stay several steps ahead of the industry, predicting trends and ensuring that our content works on emerging technology,” he said.
“For those that have seen our slots work on smart watches and experienced our VR Roulette product, it is an incredible insight into the future of online gaming,” said Raatgever.