Is Mobile Gaming the Future of Casino Games?

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BetMGM Nov 10, 2021, 3:05 PM

The gaming industry has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting new technologies. When the internet launched in 1993, Microgaming rolled out the first online casino. As soon as smartphones were released, mobile-friendly versions of casino games started appearing. Today, the trend towards mobile gaming is stronger than ever, with ever more powerful mobile devices enabling possibilities that once were only dreams. Not only can you use your smartphone or tablet to play online slots and casino games, but you can even play interactive live dealer games in a live casino online. Keep reading to find out where mobile gaming’s headed.

The rise of mobile gaming

In the early days of the internet, you couldn’t get onto the World Wide Web unless you had a desktop PC. There was simply no other way. Nowadays, people have more of a choice. Information producers such as graphic designers, sound engineers, and game developers still need the powerful processing capacity that high-end desktops can deliver, but most information consumers don’t. Today’s mobile devices are more than enough for the regular user to email, surf the web, shop online or go on social media. 

But what about games? That depends on what kind you’re talking about. Latest-generation video games such as Control, Metro Exodus, Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are so graphically demanding that you need a high-end PC to do the job. Online casino games, not so much. You can play slots online on just about any recent smartphone or tablet without sacrificing anything in terms of gaming quality, and the same goes for table games and sports betting.

Play casino games for real money on the go

One could say mobile gaming is the future of casino gaming, purely because the number of people playing online casino games on mobile devices is already outstripping the number who play on desktops. That certainly doesn’t mean desktops have no future in this regard. It just means that gamers have more options. One of the great things mobile gaming has going for it, for instance, is the accessibility it provides to top-quality casino entertainment. You don’t have to go to a casino, hotel or bar to play casino games for real money, and you don’t have to sit in front of a PC either. All you need is a recent smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection and you can take the casino with you everywhere you go.

Enjoy mobile casino games the responsible way

Another advantage of mobile casino games is that you can schedule your gaming time responsibly. Gaming on the go doesn’t mean constantly playing online slots for real money on your phone every time you find a spare moment. On the contrary, mobile gaming empowers you to choose when and where you play, and you do it on your own terms. You can set an alarm, for example, so you know when you’ve reached your self-imposed time limit. That way you won’t spend time or money you can’t afford to lose. Hopefully, this will have the effect of normalizing recreational gambling, as more people see gamers playing mobile casino games responsibly.

Live casino online play

A real breakthrough area for mobile casino games is in the arena of live casinos. It’s no big leap to use a smartphone to play slots online, but the ability to connect with a real-live dealer or croupier is something entirely different. When you play live blackjack in a live casino online, the dealer welcomes you to a real gambling table, deals cards from a real deck, takes players’ bets and manages the table professionally. It’s just like being in a land-based casino, except that it’s all streamed live to your mobile at the time and place of your choice. It’s the same deal with live roulette, live baccarat, live poker and live-hosted variety games. And the trend is only set to grow. Developers have realized the potential of live casino entertainment, and they’re constantly adding to the variety of games you can play in a live casino online.

Get ready for VR gaming

Another area where casino game developers have fixed their sights is the brave new world of VR (virtual reality). The advantages of being able to play slots online in a VR environment are obvious. 3D graphics bring the virtual worlds of online slots to life, which takes the gaming experience up a level. Gonzo’s Quest, Jack and the Beanstalk and Starburst are some examples of popular slots that have been given the VR treatment, transporting you to fictional 3D landscapes as you spin the reels. But VR has even more potential. Poker is one of the possibilities. It isn’t feasible at present to play ring poker in a live casino online because you can’t actually sit around a table, but VR is likely to change that. Pretty soon you’ll be able to play real Texas Hold’Em against other players in a VR casino. The only trouble is that VR currently is highly demanding with regard to processing power. Only the most powerful (and expensive) mobile devices can meet the challenge, so that’s one area where desktops still have the advantage.

There’s an (online casino) app for that

Another factor in favor of mobile casino games is convenience. Take a look at mobile banking. People used to be concerned about whether or not it was safe to transact online, but now they’re more interested in whether they can transact conveniently. That’s because mobile payment solutions such as e-wallets are digitally encrypted to the point that security’s a given. Now payment platforms such as PayPal and crypto wallet Binance come with their own native apps that users can download. It’s the same with an online casino app: You can have the Las Vegas experience right from your Android or iPhone, complete with built-in access to a range of secure payment solutions.

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