What is Virtual Reality Porn?

VR Porn



The 21st century witnessed one technology after another change our society, for better or worse. As startups such as Uber and AirBnB disrupted the taxi and hotel industries, technological advancement may have a new target: Pornography.

Pornography has a history of adopting new technologies before the rest of the world catches up. They were some of the first companies to market DVDs when Hollywood was stuck in the VCR era, while adult websites were the first to utilize the full capacity of the internet. Now, as virtual reality becomes an inevitable progression in technology, the adult industry is leading the charge to a new world of fully immersive tech experiences.

What is VR Porn?



The summer of 2016 will be remembered by the emergence of Pokemon Go, the ubiquitous game using augmented reality (AR) to lead users toward capturing animated characters from the popular Nintendo franchise.

Virtual Reality (VR) porn goes a step further by placing the user in an all-encompassing environment where sexual stimulation looks and feels real.

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Pornography will no longer involve watching someone else perform, but rather becoming the performer in the comfort of your own home. The new technology made a splash this year at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to rave reviews, with interested participants waiting in long lines for a chance to interact with adult performers.

Virtual reality achieves a fuller sensual experience through “teledildonics,” electronic sex toys that mimic sensations through the internet. With dildonics, VR can simulate authentic sexual experience. While teledildonics aren’t yet commercially available, a company named Kiiroo is looking to be the first, raising $35,000 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo this year. It’s only a matter of time before the technology becomes commonplace.

Where is it available?



VR porn may sound like science fiction but it’s now science fact. Naughty America, a San Diego based adult production company, along with BadoinkVR, are leading the way for VR technology. Users choose between over 30 VR titles for 25 dollars a month. Pornhub, one of the most popular adult websites, also released their own virtual reality porn channel for $20 per month. There’s also VRTube.xxx, a VR webcam site that offers a free account but charges individually for webcam shows.

Naughty America’s VR movies are streamed using a few recently released pieces of hardware. Google offers Google Cardboard, which is basically a cardboard box with VR goggles built inside, which retails for about $14 on Amazon. Google Cardboard works with smartphones through downloadable apps, such as Mobile VR Station for iPhone, or AAA VR Cinema for Androids. You can also watch these movies through the higher-end Samsung Gear VR headset or the Oculus Rift by Facebook, both released this past year.

How is VR Porn different?



Supporters of the new technologies claim that porn viewers desire a more intimate experience than they get from traditional adult movies. VR porn allows users to interact with figures on the screen, which creates an “emotional bond” according to industry leaders. This emotional connection keeps users coming back for more!

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On the downside, in order to enjoy VR titles, you need a headset, along with a mess of cables. For some users, this makes the experience complicated and ruins the overall excitement. Also, current VR technology only allows a user to look forward due to the hardware limitations.

How could it change society?



Like other technological innovations, virtual reality porn ushers in potential positive and negative effects.

Supporters claim that the immersive sexual experience can help those with performance anxiety. BadoinkVR will offer a service called “Virtual Sexology” that mixes VR and sex therapy to help men become “more confident lovers.”

On the more troubling side, studies link excessive pornography use to decreases in sexual satisfaction. With VR Porn’s ability to throw a viewer directly into the experience, it’s easy to see how virtual reality porn could ramp up the negative effects. If you can have virtual sex with anyone you want, then your spouse may seem less enticing. With VR becoming more of a regular part of our lives, real relationships can potentially be ruined because of the dependence on this new technology.

Conclusion



Good or bad, ready or not, VR porn is here. This technology is sure to advance over the next couple of years and gain popularity as video quality improves. Many questions will be raised and debated for years to come. What a time to be alive.

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