New Gaming Technology Trends for 2019
The online gaming (gambling) industry grows leaps and bounds every time technology opens another door. It’s an industry filled with customers who are looking for better options to replace having to visit brick-and-mortar casinos and peddle through yesteryear’s online options.
As we head into the new year, this is a great time to look out on the horizon to see what technology has in store for online games in 2019. While there are many things in the works, there are two advancements that might make a major impact on online players over the next few months. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to find Play N Go video slots finding new customers through new formats.
Back in 2015, Microgaming quietly introduced its The Dark Knight Rises video slot version for the Samsung SmartWatch. It was a little experiment that went very well and then seemed to disappear into the abyss without much fanfare.
Fast forward to 2019. With sales expected to reach $33.0 billion by the end of 2020, it’s clear Smart Watches are more than a passing fad. As such, gaming software developers have taken notice. While currently working to provide more top games for the newest mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), the transition to smartwatches seems an easy one to make. By mid-2019, it’s a good bet that the industry’s top software developers will start releasing games intended for SmartWatch platforms.
Virtual Reality (VR) Online Gambling
For several years, live casino online has been the rage. It has given millions of online gamblers the opportunity to enjoy playing Blackjack and a number of other table games while interacting with a live dealer. While wildly successful, live casino gaming offers only a portion of a real life experience. The platform only exists in two dimensions and only appeals to the senses of seeing and hearing.
Fast forward to the end of 2018. Over the past year or two, virtual reality (VR) technology has quickly evolved and become more affordable for software developers to use. This is a fact not lost on online casino software developers like Evolution Gaming, Microgaming, Play N Go, and NetEnt. All of these companies and more are moving ahead, trying to build the perfect VR platform.
Progress has been tremendous. In 2019, we expect to see a number of top developers release VR games over a network of online gaming websites.
VR has the ability to move closer to the reality of being inside of a live brick-and-mortar casino. It takes the gambler from two dimensions to three and offers appeal to more of the senses. It’s predictable that some games will bring the gamer right into the heart of the game where they will be able to directly interact with bonus games and game symbols.
The costs for the gamer will be the proper software and a pair of VR goggles. The payoff will be an online gaming experience that puts the gambler in the middle of a casino that exists in their mind and the middle of their living room.