Mobile gaming is one of the most popular and largest gaming industries, including mobile casino gaming. As technology continues to grow, we’ve seen the launch of virtual reality, which has been used in video games and casino titles, so we thought we’d take a look at whether its similar technology, augmented reality, could ever be used for mobile casino gaming.
As mentioned, mobile gaming is one of the largest gaming markets around the world. This also applies to mobile casino gaming, as the Gambling Commission – the organization responsible for the regulation of all things gambling in the UK – found that the most popular way to access online gambling since 2020 was via smartphones.
One of the reasons mobile casino gaming is so popular is due to its accessibility; you can essentially play your favorite casino games anywhere and at any time, permitting you have an internet connection. This offers a great alternative option than having to carry around laptops or tablets, and the fact that most casino games are now developed to be mobile-friendly and compatible with all devices.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen many game developers embrace the new virtual reality technology, which places you in a computer-generated environment through a specialized headset. Virtual reality is compatible with a slew of PC games, as well as select home console video games, offering players more immersion than standard video games.
While virtual reality consoles failed to immediately hit off, they’ve slowly become more popular in recent years as technology has evolved, the headsets dropped in price, and more developers released VR-compatible games.
There are a handful of apps you can download for iOS and Android smartphones that support the use of virtual reality, but like many of the console and PC games that support VR, they’re less like games and more akin to unique experiences for you to enjoy.
We’ve even seen casino game developers adopt the technology. The few that have done so, have released VR-compatible slot games that place you in the middle of the action and allow you to watch giant reels spin and land wins. Operator SlotsMillion also launched a VR casino that users could walk around in and play games.
Unfortunately, all of this is still relatively uncommon, but this might change in the coming years, however, as smartphones become more powerful and technology for virtual reality becomes more accessible and cheaper. In the meantime, augmented reality works as a wonderful substitution.
Augmented reality is similar to virtual reality, but while the latter places you in a computerized environment, augmented reality does the opposite by adding computer-generated objects into your local environment.
We’ve seen several hugely successful mobile games that use augmented reality, including Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and more, all of which require you to explore your local environment to discover collectables or creatures that are projected onto your smartphone’s display.
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