Summary: Top online poker giant PokerStars has decided to create a new VR experience that they are currently testing.
PokerStars is known for providing quality online poker gaming around the world. The brand operates in several countries around the globe, including in the United States. The PokerStars NJ site is one of the most popular in the region, offering players a vast mix of gaming options, from cash games to tournaments and more. Just recently, it was announced that the brand is working on a VR experience, which could bring a whole new realm of possibilities to the online poker world.
Virtual Reality will be brought to the online poker world via PokerStars with their new VR option. The brand has decided to work with Lucky VR to create a new experience in their social gaming. With PokerStars VR, players will find that both online and live play options have been added to take the gaming experience to a new level.
Earlier this week, the PokerStars director of Poker Innovation and Operations, Severin Rasset, spoke to the press about what to expect with PokerStars VR. Mr. Rasset stated:
PokerStars VR is a chance for us to take this amazing technology and bring something totally unique to poker players. Poker is about interaction. It’s been bringing people together for well over a century. We’re really excited to invest in the next generation of the game and to give players the opportunity to meet in a brand-new virtual reality dimension.
In the press release by the company, PokerStars explained that the new experience will be a way for players to be able to come together from all areas around the world in a virtual space where the card room avatars can interact in the game as well as dress how they like, socialize, chat and entertain each other. The goal seems to be to create an experience that would be similar to if the players were actually in the same room with each other.
What to Expect
With the new VR option, players can expect game play to be brought to life. The VR option actually responds to voice commands, so players will have to be careful when they respond outloud during the game. You don’t want to go all-in when you aren’t ready! Or fold for that matter!
The games will offer a fully-immersive experience, with players being able to watch for tells, shuffle their chips and more. The way that people play and respond in real life will be available in the virtual reality card room, making for quite the unique online poker experience.
Players can act nice or act out, however they like. In the VR information provided by PokerStars, it even mentions that players can smoke a cigar, throw food or own a pet if they like. Players can choose to act crazy during game play or be civilized, or even a mix of both!
With the VR gaming, players have the ability to choose their location. PokerStars has offered five locations thus far: the Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, the Monte-Carlo Yacht and The Void.
The VR experience lists player leaderboards as well as private tables and the ability to earn free chips each day after spinning a fun wheel. The new product is also included in Twitch and Oculus Rift so players can keep track of gaming that way as well.
So far, the new option is closed as it is in the beta testing phase. Once this phase is complete, PokerStars should provide more info on what’s next for the product.