Thanks to rapidly improving technology, the line between real life and virtual reality is constantly diminishing. VR headsets have been floating around the market for a few years now, but only recently have they got to the point where they are being used hand-in-hand with VR porn and Virtual sex toys to offer a complete VR sex experience. Virtual Sex is a search term that is rapidly increasing, and is going to transform the most intimate areas of our lives over the next few years.
What is VR Porn?
VR Porn has already been introduced by some of the larger porn companies. The pre-recorded videos are shot with a 180 or 360 degree camera so that when used in combination with a VR headset, the user is immersed in the scene with a central point of view. While it is still only early days in the VR porn industry, some of the biggest players in the porn industry are investing heavily in VR porn, and this farce competition is sure to bring some amazing 3D porn to the table. People all over the world are already trialling VR porn and seem to have the general consensus that not only is VR Porn here, but it is so realistic that they will never go back to 2D porn!
“Virtual reality is the next phase in the constantly metamorphosing world of adult entertainment, and will provide users with a mesmeric experience unlike anything they’ve seen before”. PornHub’s Vice President Corey Price stated in a press conference, “Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favourite porn stars.”
How does VR Porn work?
VR porn requires three components:
- The first is a VR Headset, which there are an abundance of in 2016 ranging from the very basic Google Cardboard all the way through to the cutting-edge HTC Vive.
- The second requirement is either a PC (for Oculus & HTC) users or a Smartphone (most other brands).
- Finally, a VR porn video must be compatible with your selected VR headset and viewing device.
The headset is used to place a display on either a smartphone or computer, which once paired with a compatible porn video will instantly have you immersed in a virtual reality sex experience.
The VR headsets use either two feeds sent to one display, or separate LCD displays (one for each eye). They come with lenses which are placed between your eyes and the screen, which can usually be adjusted to suit the user. These lenses have the capability of restructuring 2D images into stereoscopic 3D images.
Once setup with a headset, viewing device and a compatible porn video; you will instantly see the picture from the point-of-view of the male actor. The female (or females) will either right in front of you or walk through a door in the background and provided you have a decent headset; you will have the ability to look around the room to really feel fully absorbed in the experience.
From here, the actors in the video will…. Well they will do exactly as you expect from any other porno, and believe us when we say – it’s realistic!
The first and most important step is to find a decent Headset. There are a huge variety of devices on the market ranging from $20 through to around $1500, and price is an obvious indicator of how immersive your experience will be.
For those wanting a simple introduction to VR sex should be looking at a Google Cardboard set or perhaps the VR Box, both of which will work with the majority of VR porn out there for a very affordable price. The next step up would be the Samsung Gear VR or equivalent, which will provide a more realistic experience where you can actually look around (rather than seeing black when looking anywhere other than directly at the actors in the porno). For those seeking a completely immersive world where the device will track your body's movement in virtual space, purchase a high end product such as the Oculus Rift, or the HTC Vive - you won't be disappointed!
Remember when choosing your VR headset, it needs to be compatible with the device you wish to use to view the VR porn. For example, the Samsung Gear VR is obviously designed to run with Samsung smartphones and while it is possible to use with an iPhone - you're going to have some trouble fitting your phone in the slot. It's also important to note that both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive run only with PC computers with certain specification requirements.
Now that you have the VR Headset and matching device sorted, the next step is to find a compatible VR Porn video. With plenty of different providers out there, it’s easy to find a video you are interested in. The team at Virtual Sex Toys have tried many different VR porn providers, and our recommendation is to first head over to PornHub VR where they have partnered up with Badoink VR and are currently offering a decent range of 180 and 360 degree virtual reality porn videos. The videos are compatible with most VR Headsets so you just need to select your video, enter your device and click play! These free samples are effectively just previews to the premium full videos, but the five to six minutes they provide is more than enough for you to…… Test it out…
The content at PornHub has always been free for all and we expect it to stay this way, but their partnership with Badoink VR suggests that the free videos will always just be previews and a subscription will be required to unlock the full content. The full content over at Badoink VR will currently set you back $24.99 per month, while at VirtualPorn360 you can get a month’s membership for just $9.99. As more and more competition comes out of the woodwork, we expect these prices to start dropping later in 2016. The team at VR Sex Toys have trialed plenty of VR Porn providers, and have compiled a list of the best ones here.
Virtual Sex Toys
There are plenty of virtual sex toys currently on the market that can assist in the VR Sex experience, the most popular being male masturbators such as the Fleshlight range. But technology is bringing us a whole new world of Virtual sex toys and these are getting more and more immersive.
A number of the large sex toy companies have started investing in Teledildonics, virtual sex toys that can be linked to other sex toys via the Internet. The idea being that whatever you do to one toy is replicated by the other. These sex toys were originally designed to assist with the sex lives of those in long distance relationships but is currently being adopted by the porn industry as they are able to simulate movements of the Pornstar as you see them through the headset. Some virtual sex toys on the market such as the Kiiroo range already contract around the penis just as the actress does in the porno and pulsates in time with her every gyration.
Teledildonics adds the missing sense of touch to the whole experience and is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years and provide some massive assistance in closing the gap between reality and virtual sex. Check out our range of Virtual sex toys here!
VR Sex Cams
Its been a while coming, a well-known sex cam site CamSoda is soon to release their virtual reality platform that will allow users of the site to physically interact with performers via virtual sex toys. The site aims to give its visitors a complete VR experience thanks to male and female designed stimulators from Kiiroo, which feed pressure data from a female performer’s toy to a remote viewer’s responsive male masturbator, or sleeve, in real time. According to the company, “This replicates a real life experience creating pulsating vibrations on each end with each person.” CamSoda president Daron Lundeen explained in a press release, “We want to provide our users with a unique experience that constantly stimulates their imagination.” Click here to see a video from CamSoda explaining how it works!
The Future of VR Sex
Naughty America, another big player in the market has estimated that approximately two percent of their customers are making use of their VR titles, but expect as many as 20 million people will be watching its VR Porn by the end of 2016. It has been suggested that by 2020, VR porn will be an industry worth $1 billion!
VR Sex still has a long way to go to truly become an immersive experience where it will closely resemble reality… but it is coming. Some of the best VR headsets have already introduced head tracking which allows you to look up, down, left and right and have the image change accordingly. Motion tracking is already on it’s way, with the Oculus rift and HTC Vive providing wireless controllers designed to make you feel like you are using your own hands in the VR experience. Eye tracking is not possible yet but won't be far off, putting the finishing touches on a fully immersive experience.
So what does this all mean? VR Sex is already here, and it’s only going to get better!