The geeks and wizards at PokerStars HQ have been busy this week. Just the other day, PokerStars announced a new format called Fusion Poker that is a combination of Texas Hold'em and Omaha. And now word is out that PokerStars VR has gone live. Yes, it's the moment you've been waiting for! Virtual Reality and PokerStars in harmony together.
So, grab a headset, splash a few pots, and acquire a pet donkey!
Wait, there's pet donkeys? Yes. There's plenty of other weird stuff too, which is what makes PokerStars VR a totally unique and twisted experience.
I saw one tagline that's so good, I might as well cut and paste it here: PokerStars, the world's leading poker brand, has combined live and online poker in a truly immersive VR experience.
PokerStars VR is only for play money. For now. You can download and play it in all of its global markets. Take a shot at a full-blown immersive poker experience.
And did we forget to mention the pet donkeys?
PokerStars VR allows the user to go full-blown immersion into a variety of poker venues or scenes. It's a choose your own adventure with swanky locations such as Macau, or you can go back in time and choose a western theme. The scenes include the Showdown Saloon, Macau 2050, Macau Suite, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void.
There's also a cool function that allows you to integrate Twitch broadcasts and other media streaming on the Oculus Rift. S, it's a cool way for the rest of us to check out big-time influencers playing in real time.
According to Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars, "When we showcased the product it was amazing to see people really enjoy and become engrossed in the game. We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it."
Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars
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.
By the way, PokerStars Blog is running a fun and cool promotion where you can win your very own headset! Yeah, VR head pieces are not cheap. Visit PokerStars Blog for all the details on how you can win an Oculus Rift headset with touch controllers (RRP £400). All you have to do is come up with some new words for the WR poker lexicon.
This German user posted a 17-minute video of his PokerStars VR experience. Check it out…