Technological advancement is constantly moving.
Sometimes, when we don’t pay attention, it can pass us right by, which is why we thought we’d share some of the most prominent developments in hi-tech gaming today. From ray tracing to cloud gaming and virtual reality, you’ll want to be in the know. It’s part and parcel of the evolution of online casino gaming.
Virtual reality (VR) has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues for quite a while. It refers to the computer-generated simulation of an environment that you can interact with using special VR technology and VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Samsung Gear VR. Think the Matrix with plenty of fun and none of the fatal consequences. In other words, virtual reality games, movies, videos and apps allow you to be completely immersed in your chosen environment as opposed to engaging from a removed position.
Over the last few years, VR has come in leaps and bounds, proving to be more than a fad or expensive pastime for the well-off. In time, pricing will continue to improve, the content will be more compelling and attractive, and the performance will become seamless.
The advancement of VR is bound to have far-reaching implications for the gambling sector too. Presently, online casinos provide 2D games that can be played at ease from home. However, the emergence of VR has birthed VR casinos that offer a selection of casino games including:
- VR poker
- Gin Rummy
- Poker Dice
Virtual reality casino experiences still require a fair amount of panel beating, but even in their infancy these developments offer strong indications of the following in the not-so-distant future:
Experiences will become more realistic, offering a complete immersion into the gambling environment where there will be virtually no distinction between the live experience and the VR alternative.
While gambling has shed its bad-boy image there might very well be those who can’t find the time or do not yet feel comfortable with visiting a brick-and-mortar casino. VR will help them bridge the gap from the comfort of home and improve interest through VR gambling. Even tutorials and tours can be given with greater ease to reduce any anxiety towards gambling for the first time.
Customized Casino Environments
By monitoring behavioural patterns, implementing other advanced technology, and incorporating artificial intelligence, gambling experiences can be evolved to suit each gambler. This means the most ideal environment can be fashioned, benefitting both the casino and gambler.
Have you ever watched a movie or TV series and been awestruck by the almost seamless blend of CG and live-action scenes? We have too. The secret to this modern-day sorcery is known as ray tracing.
Ray tracing is a rendering technique that is made possible by tracking every ray of light produced by a light source using an algorithm. This allows the visuals to simulate what we see in real life and how we experience light interacting with objects in the computer-generated environment. The result is a very lifelike feel and reproduction of color, shadows, reflections and scattering.
Thanks to technological advancement, this magical technique is being more efficiently adopted by the gaming sector and will be implemented more frequently very soon.
To date, there are only a mere 5 games that use Nvidia ray tracing technology, and these include:
- Battlefield V
- Quake II RTX
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Stay in the Light
- Metro Exodus
Ray tracing could pave the way for more realistic rendering of casino games, enhancing the experience and making each game more lifelike.
Cloud Computing & Google Stadia
The phrase “Netflix and chill” could very well be getting a makeover soon as cloud computing and cloud gaming continues to evolve. Google Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service, threatens to do just that. It’s a case of same same but different as players will be able to stream their games online. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First things first.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the process whereby you rely on a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data. Relying on these internet-hosted servers replaces the need to depend on your local server or PC.
Also known as Gaming as a Service (GaaS), cloud gaming uses this very principle, removing the need for expensive gaming hardware. Instead, all you need is your computer, a good internet connection, and a subscription, and you’re ready to get gaming.
Some of the most prominent cloud gaming platforms include:
- GeForce NOW
- PlayStation Now
- Google Stadia
Back to the Future: Google Stadia
Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, is earmarked to offer 4k, 60fps gameplay in just 5 seconds - and with no need for installation. Should this become a reality in November 2019, when it is expected to launch, gaming consoles will have to recognize a new powerhouse. The monthly cost of a subscription will be $9.99.
Could this approach to gaming reach the gambling sector? With the gambling sector constantly looking for ways to improve or reach its market in new ways, it’s no surprise that cloud casino gaming has already become a reality.
After consecutive years of service, the time for one generation passes and the doors must open for next-generation consoles. It’s that time again with both the PS4 and Xbox already having enjoyed 8 years of dominating the market. So, what can we expect?
Playstation is set to be powered by an 8-core AMD chipset and Navi GPU whereas Xbox will bring its Zen 2 and Navi to the party. Both power upgrades pack an impressive wallop that makes the fourth-generation pale in comparison.
If you put the foremost CPUs and GPUs together alongside ray tracing tech, you can rest assured that you will be graced with some surreal visuals with 120Hz frame rates.
Next-gen consoles have also opted for solid-state drives. What does that mean? Load speeds that are nearly 40 times faster than what we’ve become accustomed to. That means faster rendering with higher quality detail. We’re just as excited as you are!
If there’s anything that makes moving onto a new console difficult it’s parting ways with the collection of games we have already amassed in favor of one or two new titles. Hardly seems fair.
In the interests of their profit margins and your peace of mind, the next-gen consoles will offer backward compatibility so you can still play your old games. Playstation 4 owners will still be able to play their old games on the PS5 whereas Xbox has taken it a step further and will allow you to play any Xbox game from an older Xbox console.
Google may have stolen the limelight where cloud gaming is concerned but Playstation and Xbox won’t be caught resting on their laurels either. Despite being rivals, the two powerhouses are willing to collaborate to even the playing field with Google, their behemoth competitor. Playstation and Xbox will also offer their own cloud gaming services.
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