PokerStars VR Metaverse Poker Tour Season 2 in Full Swing
Poker gamers who do not wish to go away their houses can play in Season 2 of the PokerStars VR Metaverse Poker Tour this weekend. [Image: PokerStars VR via Steam forums]
A poker tour that requires no journey
If you are feeling like collaborating in a poker match this weekend however do not dwell close to a on line casino, you’ll be able to join an internet poker site, however even with that, not everybody lives in a jurisdiction the place the net recreation is authorized . Plus, whereas on-line poker is enjoyable, it is not like the actual factor. Enter the PokerStars VR Metaverse Poker Tour, whose second season has simply begun.
sure, a poker tour in digital actuality
Yes, poker in digital actuality. And sure, a poker tour in digital actuality. If that sounds bizarre, effectively, it’s, but it surely’s free and it is poker and, as somebody who’s performed PokerStars VR, it may be enjoyable.
Season 2 kicked off on Thursday, however the present cease, Macau (or “Macau”), runs by the weekend. There are 9 occasions on Friday, beginning at mid-afternoon ET. They all price digital chips; PokerStars VR begins all new gamers with 10,000 and naturally extra may be received by taking part in different poker video games. Players even have the choice to purchase extra chips, as is normally the case with free on-line or cell poker apps.
Saturday and Sunday characteristic greater than a dozen occasions every, together with Saturday’s 5 million “dollar” Main Event and Sunday’s high-roller occasion.
Not precisely like the actual factor, however nonetheless enjoyable
PokerStars VR has been round for a number of years and is offered on the Oculus Rift, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro and HTC Vive (I believe authentic Meta Quest customers may also play it, however do not quote me on that). Since my son has a Meta Quest 2, I spent just a few hours in the PokerStars VR poker site and may truthfully say that it presents strong leisure.
While I’d suspect that the Metaverse Poker Tour video games are a bit completely different, do not play PokerStars VR when you demand a severe poker expertise. Most folks in the money video games, and to a lesser extent the tournaments, are simply there to goof round and most do not actually appear to be they know what they’re doing. However, when you like video games the place many of the gamers see the flop, that is for you.
you’ll be able to peek at your playing cards, throw your playing cards in the mud and manipulate your chips
Regardless of recreation high quality, it is fairly neat to really feel such as you’re sitting at an actual desk, all of your tablemates and speaking (when you select to have your voice chat on). Using the controllers, you’ll be able to peek at your playing cards, shuffle your playing cards, and manipulate your chips. There are additionally a great deal of “throwaways” and foolish trinkets which you could play with on the desk – I’ve had somebody give me a digital beer on a number of events.
As talked about, the present Metaverse Poker Tour cease is in Macau, which is particularly the futuristic “Macau 2050” setting. PokerStars VR additionally has the Macau Suite, Saloon, The Void, Monte Carlo, Arena, Space, Spies and Cyber environments. As you’d anticipate with a VR poker recreation, you may as well gown up your avatar in all kinds of “skins” and outfits.
New headset guarantees much more
I have never had the prospect to strive it as a result of the headset prices a whopping $1,500, however the brand new Meta Quest Pro has PokerStars VR as considered one of its launch titles. And it seems like one of many new options of the gadget will make the Metaverse Poker Tour really feel even that a lot cooler.
It clearly has extra energy and higher graphics capabilities than its extra inexpensive predecessor, but it surely additionally provides the power to do blended actuality in addition to digital actuality. With blended actuality, the actual world may be included into the purposes, as a substitute of protecting you confined to the digital world contained in the headset.
Numerous the time you wish to keep fully immersed in VR, however for one thing like PokerStars VR, blended actuality may be numerous enjoyable. As Flutter Entertainment, the guardian firm of PokerStars, stated, choices embody: “partial immersion that brings objects or spaces from their physical world into the game through editable ‘pass-through windows,’ and full mixed reality that allows players to experience core virtual gameplay elements into their own world.”
From that it appears like you’ll be able to really sit at your kitchen desk (or a poker desk in case you have one) and see the gamers, playing cards and chips sitting across the desk with you. When you relaxation your fingers in your precise desk, your digital fingers shall be on the PokerStars VR desk. That perk prices $1,500, however when you’re already planning to purchase the Meta Quest Pro, the PokerStars VR expertise will seemingly really feel extra actual.