Pokies, one of many pastimes enjoyed by the people of New Zealand. The technological landscape of casino gaming is one that has seen tremendous innovations ever since the tide turned with the introduction of online casino gaming back in the mid-1990s. The internet facilitated a new climate for technological innovations, lapped up by the gaming industry to the point that nowadays players can enjoy gaming on the go and live dealer casino gaming.
The mid 1990s also saw the emergence of the very first commercial, and at the time expensive and veering very much into the territory of novelties, VR (virtual reality) headsets. Some companies literally bombed out, like Nintendo with their much-maligned Virtual Boy. Others produced really top-notch systems, but for some reason, none of the VR innovations of that time managed to serve as an effective springboard. How the times have changed!
Virtual reality has been enjoying a renaissance, spurred on by the various gaming innovations such as mobile casino gaming and live dealer gaming, the results of which have seen the emergence of VR casino lounges and VR casino games. While not ubiquitous yet, there are online casinos that offer a VR experience, whereby they allow the player to peruse a virtual casino lounge in which all manner of pokies games can be found. The question then becomes, what is the best VR headset for pokies?
The Oculus Quest
Considered the leading VR headset out there and with a price tag that will let buyers know that you get what you pay for, this unit retails for almost six hundred US dollars. The Oculus brand is however generally deemed he best of the VR headsets, so if the price tag of the Quest is too much to absorb, rest assured that there are other models available at a more agreeable price.
However, if price is no object and quality is the priority, then the Oculus Quest VR headset delivers performance by the ton – and then some. Ideal for any player looking to play pokies in a virtual environment, the Oculus Quest’s OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) gives off a resolution of 2880 x 1660 backed by a refresher rate of 72Hz. This unit is a complete standalone, hence requiring no other attachment and at a conservative 571 grams, won’t ever feel burdensome if the player feels the need to cart the device around. Over and above that, thanks to its use of Android software, the Oculus Quest should be able to accommodate mobile casino pokies in a virtual environment. The Oculus Quest offers players a 100 degree field of view and can also be tethered with a PC for non-casino gaming. Two stylish controller units accompany the headset to allow for navigation.
VR Pokies in the Pipeline
Players from New Zealand looking to enjoy this new and all-encompassing way to play pokies will be pleased by the fact that prominent pokies suppliers like NetEnt and Microgaming are in the process of converting their coveted titles into VR pokies. Already in 2016, Microgaming presented their VR Roulette technology on the Oculus Rift headset, and they have been hard at work developing new VR applications ever since. A pokies application would be a natural progression, with a multitude of new possibilities for new ways to develop themes as well as 3D features. Quite possibly the reels would also take on a different dimension, considering that players are used to seeing them in two dimensions on a screen. Now the opportunity exists to create different and unprecedented spatial relations.
It’s hard to understate how important this trend really is. Virtual reality doesn’t just have the ability to let players experience gaming in a whole new light, but it also has the ability to serve as an enticing alternative to hardcore traditionalists who only play inside land-based casinos. Because content suppliers know what their customers like, it won’t be hard to be prescient and foresee VR pokies by Microgaming and NetEnt’s Mega Fortune becoming staples in the new and exciting world of virtual reality casino gaming, with many more sure to follow. As entertaining as the pokies of today surely are, the VR pokies of tomorrow are going to be amazing.