In recent years, with the increase in technological development, virtual reality or VR has seen a huge leap forward. Using a headset, the system uses a combination of images and sounds with which to create a realistic environment for the person wearing the headset. The equipment is then used by the player to look around the virtual environment in order to play the game. Full systems may also incorporate a chair so that vibrations and other physical effects can be enacted in order to create a fully realized virtual world.
VR has been around for a while but it wasn’t until relatively recently that the technology saw its popularity take off. The improved graphics in popular games had a hand in it, as did the technological advancements in 3D imagery shown in cinemas. Now there are a number of games that can be operated in VR. For example, The Talos Principle, initially released in 2014 was a relatively unknown game. Putting it to VR saw it suddenly shoot in popularity. A story driven puzzle game, the initially simple premise is made that much more exciting with the VR inclusion. Games range from incarnations of Resident Evil with superb graphics through to those that are more basic such as Job Seekers simulator – a rather basic looking game though nevertheless still fun.
Casinos are also joining in this fad with providers such as NetEnt looking to create VR slot games in order to create a more immersive gaming experience. With the partnering with Oculus Rift, these games can now be played with the Oculus Rift headsets. These games now allow players to sit and play at a slot machine, wander around the casino and have a wide view of the area, exactly as one would have in a land-based casino.