David Williams | 26 Sep 2018
When it comes to keeping gaming and entertainment fresh and happening, especially in an industry where competition is rife, creating an interactive gaming experience is vital. iGaming giant PokerStars this week announced the Beta launch of their brand new interactive product, namely PokerStars VR.
The announcement was made at the annual EGX 2018 convention, and the product is being introduced as one that will present players with a fresh new take on an old favourite.
The game, currently only available in Beta mode to a total of 100 players, is at present still free to play. This is largely due to the fact that the game is still in trial-mode. The app has been launched on the virtual reality-driven platform, Steam. As far as personal computer platforms are concerned, the finished product will be fully compatible with Oculus Rift as well as with HTC’s Vive platform.
Five Poker rooms have been developed thus far, and include popular themes. The handful of rooms include a Macau suite, a Wild West Saloon, a luxury yacht and a mystery room known as complete blackness. A lot of fun is to be had with player avatars. These can be customised in a multitude of ways. The players may order virtual drinks, and cigars and virtual donkeys may be added to the experience too.
Director of Innovation and Operations at PokerStars, Severin Rasset, spoke excitedly about the various merits of the new interactive product. Rasset said that the new style of play was a wonderful opportunity to bring something new and engaging to players. He said that Poker has always been about interaction, and that the age-old game has been bringing people together longer than a century.
To this end, the development of a more interactive style of play was a reasonable move, as this would better represent the very essence and social nature of the game. Rasset concluded by saying that the company was quite excited to bring a more interactive version of the game to a new generation of players; a generation who no doubt expected more from the experience than previous generations, especially when referring to a social experience.