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Technology in Gambling: Is 2019 the year everything changes?

Technology is advancing at a phenomenal pace, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the casino gaming industry. We’re constantly discovering new ways to play slots, blackjack and roulette online. And according to the experts at Vegas Luck, 2019 could be another year of serious change, thanks to major developments in cryptocurrencies and virtual reality (VR).

Virtual Reality: A New Level of Realism

Game developers have been on a quest for realism ever since the 1990s, when the first online casinos received something of a sceptical reception. Gamblers back then doubted an online site could replicate the atmosphere of a real casino, or the thrill of playing blackjack, roulette or poker at a real blackjack, roulette or poker table.  

When developing new technologies, therefore, developers put the focus on creating a more lifelike experience for the player, to lay gamblers’ doubts to rest. This has led to the innovation of some seriously impressive technologies in the online casino’s short history. We’ve discovered awesome things like live casino streaming platforms and immersive in-game bonus features. But there’s no doubting VR technology in 2019 is set to bring us the most lifelike gaming experience yet.

Though VR is certainly not a new technology – talk of it has been rife among industry experts and hard-core gamers for over a decade –, the true potential of it in the world of online casino was first publicly showcased only a few years ago.

In 2015, NetEnt unveiled Jack and the Beanstalk, the pioneering VR slot game, to other gaming professionals. It was the main talking point that year at ICE, the international gaming event, and pathed the way for the development of more VR slots and casino games.

It’s thought that 2019 is the year VR should become available not just to experts and a few select players, but to everyday gamblers too. Expect to see more VR casino sites popping up online, and snazzy VR headsets becoming more affordable.  

Cryptocurrency: the latest way to pay and play

Developments in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies should make 2019 also the year we enjoy speedier and more secure transactions when dealing with online casinos.

Cryptocurrencies are essentially a digitalised form of currency, with the most popular being Bitcoin. Last year, there was a dramatic rise in the number of people and businesses using and accepting cryptocurrencies. This year, that figure is expected to rise again, with even more online casinos offering crypto deposit services to players.

Some of the major perks of cryptocurrencies for online gamblers include shorter transaction times, lower (or no) transaction fees and no record of the individual depositing cash to a casino. This is because no bank or other financial institution gets involved in the transaction. It’s direct between the player and the casino.

Are you ready?

With better, safer gaming on the cards, no doubt 2019 is an exciting time to be an online casino player. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest developments in VR and cryptocurrencies as you play this year.

Good luck and have fun.

 

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