Following the recent smash-success of Avatar, it looks like 3D entertainment will finally become more than just a gimmick. Sky has already invested in 3D sports coverage and the likes of Samsung are now offering 3D televisions. On the gaming front, Nintendo has already confirmed that it will soon release a 3DS, a 3D version of the popular DS, which leaves us at Jackpot.co.uk wondering how the present 3D capabilities will interact with online gambling.
At the moment, online casinos currently offer a basic level of 3D. Casinos such as Le Croupier, which prides itself as the first 3D casino, features real-life casino layouts and the ability to create Sims-like avatars. However, players have been left wondering when truly interactive online casinos will launch. Indeed, it seems that even Universal has toyed with the idea of 3D casinos: In their new 3D film, “Despicable Me”, the movie’s villain steals casino landmarks from Las Vegas.
Films aside, it looks like online casinos are developing their own 3D software. Such a development would be a huge breakthrough for the internet gambling industry, as operators could potentially recreate the exact look and feel of Las Vegas casinos. Perhaps in the future, gone will be the days where you select your cards using a mouse – instead, utilising 3D and touchscreen technology, you merely have to touch your monitor to reveal your blackjack hand.
However, one of the main drawbacks of the 3D entertainment format has to be usability. Players would have to sit at their computers, for sustained amounts of time, with 3D glasses. If they choose to take them off, they face difficulty clearly viewing the games. If they leave them on, then prolonged use of the glasses could lead to them becoming an annoyance, or even worse for the 3D industry, a novelty.
Perhaps what really separates 3D casinos from their film counterparts is both the community and price aspects. While 3D glasses are notoriously silly-looking, in the cinema, this becomes acceptable as 100 other movie buffs are wearing the same thing. At home however, you may feel little silly playing slots in over-sized 3D ray-bans. On the cost front, in order to maximise your 3D experience, you may have to invest in a brand new monitor – something cinema goers need not worry about.
This isn’t to say though that 3D casinos should be written off entirely. The technology is, after all, still very new and the potential to recreate a real-life Vegas venue on your monitor is certainly a phenomenal prospect. However, until all of the creases are ironed out with 3D films and games, the casino industry at large looks set to tread cautiously when it comes to the future of 3D gambling games.