The wait is finally over. The world’s first real-money, virtual reality casino has come to life on the internet, thanks to Slots Million. For the last two years, the primary focus of the online casino has always been to provide customers with the largest game variety – especially in the interactive slots category (they have 1,249 to date) – and the addition of nearly 40 VR casino games has solidified that position.
Slots Million went live with its virtual reality casino earlier this month and the response has been phenomenal. Players find themselves immersed in a genuine casino atmosphere, traversing a lavishly furnished gaming floor complete with aisles of slot machines, a fully stocked bar and a private party lounge.
With an Oculus Rift VR headset, the experience is the closest thing you’ll find to a real casino gaming venture; arguably the next best thing following the introduction of live dealer table games in the mid-2000’s. The player’s head movements control their view, while a keyboard or game controller helps them to navigate the VR casino.
The gaming floor is capable of supporting numerous players at a time, thus you can expect to see others walking around the virtual reality space, their avatars mingling at the bar or lounge, or – more likely – standing in front of a VR slot machine as they enjoy real-money play on the wide assortment of interactive slots.
Oculus Rift Not Required
Best of all, player’s don’t actually have to own an Oculus Rift headset to play the virtual reality casino games. The VR experience can also be accessed on a desktop computer. The virtual reality aspect isn’t quite as immersive, since the real world still exists in your peripheral vision, but the design is none the less impressive.
For the moment, Slots Million’s VR casino is compatible with Windows 7+. Sorry Mac users, you’ll have to wait for now, but I’m sure it won’t take developers too long to introduce a Mac-friendly version.
How To Get Started
The first step, obviously, is to register an account with Slots Million and deposit some cash. Then login and click your way to the Virtual Reality casino. On your first visit, you’ll be asked to create your very own, customized avatar. Take your time and have fun with it, because this is the character other players will see when you’re walking around the VR casino.
Once you’re in, it’s pretty straight forward. If you’re using Oculus Rift, the software will automatically recognize it. If not, the VR casino display will appear on your desktop monitor. Using your keyboard or a compatible game controller, make your way around the room and choose a game. All of the virtual reality casino games are slot machines for the moment, so the rules are pretty simple. Choose your bet size, activate your paylines and click Spin.
More VR Casino Features to Come
For now, the Slots Million Virtual Reality Casino has just 39 VR slots to choose from, and there’s no integrated Lobby. That means you won’t be able to access things like the cashier to make deposits and withdrawals while inside the VR casino. Developers are still working on that, as well as the addition of more slots and table games like blackjack and roulette.
Virtual reality has been considered the ‘wave of the future‘ for quite some time now, and while we’ve gotten our first taste of real-money VR casino games, there’s a lot of room for improvement. Expect many great things to come from Slots Million and other online casino operators in the near future, because just like computers and smartphones, it won’t be too long before VR headsets like Oculus Rift become a common household item.