IGT and HTC Vive Step Into The World Of VR
Posted on by Sean Williamson
Popular slot machine manufacturer IGT (International Game Technology Plc) has revealed the signing of a new partnership with mobile technology giant HTC Vive. The agreement will allow IGT to develop virtual reality technology that will be usable in mobile casinos, according to a recent press release from HTC headquarters.
HTC Vive is an exclusive collection of virtual reality hardware products such as headsets, which have been developed by HTC Corporation’s HTC Vive Tech Corporation. The Taiwan-based firm has long specialized in designing mobile smartphones and other digital devices, and is now taking further steps into the growing world of VR as well.
VR Games To Appear At Virtual Zone
GGRAsia approached IGT after the announcement to gain the firm’s comments on the developments, but the gaming giant has not yet offered a reply. However, the press release from HTC Vive offered some additional information, noting that IGT will be using HTC Vive Studios’ innovative VR content in its Virtual Zone gaming platform on the floors of land-based casinos across the globe.
The release also confirmed that IGT’s Virtual Zone is a competitive gaming arena specifically designed for use in casinos. The product allows casino players to compete among each other for the incentive of cash prizes in exclusive virtual reality tournaments, with HTC adding that the cash prizes are offered in the form of ‘slot dollars’.
Premium VR Tournaments And Arcades
Vice President of Global Content at HTC Vive, Joel Breton, has commented on the development, stating that arcade-like gaming experiences are rapidly growing in popularity across the globe. He also noted that virtual reality has proven to be a strong and consistent generator of traffic in gaming venues, making it an ideal technology to utilize through mobile channels as well.
Breton also added that by combining HTC Vive’s VR technology with IGT’s expertise in gaming, his firm will be launching a platform that can offer world-class VR gaming experiences, tournaments, and standalone VR arcades.
The release further revealed that IGT has published a new software development kit to help game designers to create VR games for Virtual Zone. The document noted that the Virtual Zone is currently at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in the American gaming hub of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The new gaming technology will likely appeal to millennial players in particular, whom casinos have been trying to target for many years with only marginal success. However, casino games that fall into new categories typically need local regulatory approval before they go live, so it may be a good few months before IGT and HTC Vive’s latest products are ready for players to enjoy.