Vegas baby! It’s time for virtual reality fans to go to Las Vegas. HTC Vive and IGT announce a partnership that brings the HTC Vive virtual reality hardware and software into casinos. IGT’s Virtual Zone is a competition arena designed for casino environments that enables casino patrons to compete against each other for cash prizes in spirited VR tournaments and enjoy competitive VR games in a physical installation.
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This agreement marks HTC VIVE Studios’ first foray into the casino entertainment industry and the completion of IGT’s first market-ready VR solution.
IGT’s Virtual Zone is now live at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The experience leverages HTC VIVE hardware, and solutions for a multiplayer competition allowing players to compete in real time within VR for Slot Dollars.
“Arcade-like installations and experiences are skyrocketing across the globe as VR has proven to be a consistent traffic generator in entertainment venues,” said Joel Breton, HTC VIVE VP Global Content. “By combining IGT’s gaming expertise and the world’s best VR in HTC VIVE, we are launching a combined platform that can deploy the best complete experiences for VR tournaments or stand-alone VR arcades. This is also a huge opportunity for more consumers to be exposed to amazing VR content.”
To support the tournament platform, IGT published a Software Development Kit (SDK), which game designers can leverage to develop VR content for the Virtual Zone. VIVE Studios was the first developer to leverage IGT’s SDK, adapting the Arcade Saga game into a product that is designed to be tournament-ready for casino floors.
Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports—Fracture, Smash and Bowshot—you’ll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.
You can play Arcade Saga at home to train for your trip to Las Vegas. The HTC Vive is no available at the reduced price of $499, because of the release of the new HTC Vive Pro, which is available for pre-order priced at $799.