This week at EGX 2018 internet poker group PokerStars announced the beta launch of their PokerStars VR product, which gives players the chance to experience online poker in an immersive new environment.
The game is currently open to just 100 people and is free to play currently. The app was launched to the game platform Steam, and will be compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on PC platforms. The software currently has five different rooms, including a Macau suite, Wild West Saloon, yacht, and complete blackness. Players can customize their avatars, even getting drinks, cigars, and donkeys to accompany their flair.
Speaking about the launch PokerStars Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Severin Rasset said, "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."
PokerStars' James O'Reilly added: "PokerStars VR brings the social elements and the use of behavioral intelligence-the foundations of the live game-and combines it with the accessibility and speed of play of online poker."
No timetable for the public launch of the game was available as of press time.