The future is now. Poker and virtual reality have combined forces. You can finally get a poker-like experience without even leaving your own home. PokerStars said it will launch soon, but more importantly, it will be free to play. Poker, virtual reality, busting the fish, and raising a pet donkey. What could be better?
Well, I could list about a thousand things that the world needs right now. But I'm not going to get all emo on you. Let's be honest here... lot of people worked their butts off to make this happen. It took a village to make virtual reality a reality.
Sure, PokerStars took a shotgun approach this year and the last few years with their innovative products. Some of them were weird (Power Up), others were laughable (Unfold Hold'em), others were fun (Beat the Clock and Showtime), and a couple other concepts sounded better after your first few hits off some California Kush (Split Hold'em).
But now there's PokerStars VR! This one should stick because VR is the future. And the future is now.
We have a slick quote ready to roll from Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. "PokerStars VR is a chance for us to take this amazing technology and bring something totally unique to poker players. Poker is about interaction. It's been bringing people together for well over a century. We're really excited to invest in the next generation of the game and to give players the opportunity to meet in a brand new virtual reality dimension."
According to Stephen Bartley from PokerStars Blog, "Once you put on the headset, you enter a visually stunning game environment. Nothing is real, and yet you can still handle chips and cards just as in the real world. And while opponents might be playing from the other side of the world, but you can study them for any tells they might have, and even chat in real time."
Sounds super heady. The only thing better, would be to play PokerStars VR with Philip K. Dick's brain. I'm sure somewhere in an undosclosed bunker in Northern Ontario there's a piece of PKD's brain in a jar and a dozen scientists working on a way to merge AI and pre-cog abilities with the creative brain behind the greatest science fiction writer of all time.
And here's something I cut and paste from PokerStars Blog...
What you can expect from this virtual world
- It's the type of game you can immerse yourself in. Almost literally. We don't just mean in the exotic virtual reality settings (think Macau 2050 or a Monte Carlo yacht) but with statistics.
- All the numbers, as well as observations about other players, are all available to you, because it's still all about the poker.
- And as you might expect in this level of virtual world, it's not all about behaving yourself. So yes, you can throw food at people, smoke a cigar, or even own a pet donkey if that's your thing.
Wait, a pet donkey? OMG? Where do I sign up? Stay tuned for more intel on PokerStars VR.