Technology has drastically changed the way the world works and the way the world plays. The online gaming sphere has advanced at an exponential rate over the past 30 years. It seems that the gaming industry is always trying to catch up to the constantly changing technologies that are available.
The gambling sphere and online casino sites are impacted by these new technologies in unique ways. For players, improvements to graphics, the introduction of live games, and the availability of hundreds of sites and games have been a welcome result. Conversely, for online casinos, the increased security risks and the need to continually improve to stay competitive has been a less desirable outcome.
Good or bad, technology will continue to change the way people experience online gaming and online casinos. The most notable improvements over the past decade include live gaming, 3D graphics, enhanced audio, and increased site security. Video and voice technology allow players to join a live table, where they can interact with other players and be immersed in an authentic casino gambling experience. Breathtaking graphics and beautiful audio create a user experience that is immensely enjoyable. It is no wonder that online gaming is popular with gamers from around the globe.
The impact of technology on casino site security is a double-edged sword. Developments in UK and EU privacy regulations and increased awareness of the nature of fraud have prompted online casinos to dedicate considerable resources to protect user data and banking transactions. Unfortunately, as technology gets smarter, so do criminals. The race to create online gaming sites that are safe from fraudsters is a never-ending challenge.
So where does technology lead us next? What can we expect (or hope) to see in the coming years that will bring fresh and exciting user experiences to gamblers? The experts have weighed in; three hot topics include Mobile Gaming, Voice and Motion Activated Controls, and Augmented Reality.
According to Online Gambling Quarterly, more than half of the gambling operators’ revenue is derived from mobile devices. As players expand their use of devices to include PCs, as well as tablets, and smartphones, the gaming industry must create platforms that allow for a consistent experience across devices.
For players, mobile devices offer unprecedented accessibility and convenience that may lead to unhealthy gambling and gaming habits. On a more positive note, the use of mobile devices brings us closer to seeing Augmented Realty, another gaming trend, make its way into the online casino sphere.
Voice and Motion Controls
TVs, phones, and smart-home systems are among the many devices that can be controlled by voice commands or physical gestures. Gaming consoles, like Nintendo’s Wii, have paved the way for interactive gaming that is human-powered. It seems only a matter of time before this technology makes its debut in the online gambling world.
Aside from being just plain fun (imagine yelling “spin!” or “stop!” to play the pokies or telling a dealer “hit me” at a live blackjack table), the impact of voice or motion activated controls may have more practical applications for users who require alternative accessibility options to play.
Users that experience sight, hearing, or movement deficiencies may be able to engage in gameplay that was not previously available to them.
Augmented Reality (AR) in the online gaming sphere is still in the rudimentary stages of development. AR technology superimposes game content onto the user’s environment and allows the player to engage in play and complete objectives that combine real time and space with the fictional world contained in the game. Current AR game offerings include shooter games, treasure hunts, and geolocation adventures.
It is exciting to think of the ways that AR technology can be integrated into the online casino industry. Perhaps, like Google Glass, players will be able to “walk around” a virtual casino and choose machines and tables that appear to be within his environment. Although the experts agree that AR in online gambling is not within reach in the very near future, the possibilities for imaginative AR applications is enough to excite technology and gaming enthusiasts alike.
One thing is for sure, gaming technology will continue to advance and improve. The possibilities are overwhelming and incomprehensible to most people. Only a few ingenious thinkers can imagine what may come in the future. It only takes one great idea to change everything. I can’t wait to see what they will think of next.