I kept meaning to put together some real awesome post covering all the big futuristic tech announcements from last week’s Consumer Electronics Show…but this journalist’s first-hand report on virtual reality porn is all I got so far. (Maybe I’ll knock one out on the manned Ehang 184 drone at some point, as well)
So basically, the company Naughty America (link to an adult site, obvs) at CES lent a VR headset to Mashable reporter Raymond Wong to try out their new virtual reality porn videos. Wong put on the Samsung Gear VR device, played the video, and this is what he had to report:
As the Naughty America title screen faded away, I found myself transported into a bedroom. Kneeling before me was a female porn star who was seductively talking dirty to me. I looked down and saw some guy’s muscular body. Well, that’s not mine, I thought to myself. I was confused. Whose body was this? Then I realized, I was now this guy.
So how weird is that to get used to your own virtual naked body in VR space?
Even though I was conscious that the two porn stars weren’t actually there and that the guy’s body wasn’t really mine, I still thought they were real. The more the porn girls jiggled their breasts in my face and rubbed their butts against me, the more I internalized being the VR porn guy. I felt my face get flushed as they showed me their, ahem, skills.
So his verdict is that, though a “weird” experience—and despite the only 180-degree head-tracking ability (most VR have 360)—virtual porn is pretty effective.
And you can apparently switch genders in this space, as well (the Naughty America website gives you a male or female POV option):
In a different VR porn video, where I dropped into a female body, a male porn star who was thrusting into “me” was so up in my personal space, I swear I smelled his armpits. There wasn’t, of course, any smell.
So at $99 for the Samsung headset, and $5.95 per month for access to Naughty America virtual movies…I’m very curious to see if this replaces the “boring” non-virtual adult video market. And then, how does porn addiction change and mutate once it reaches the virtual sphere?
Further: will all “home video” go the way of the VR headset? Imagine the latest blockbuster downloaded to the virtual space, with POV options of several main characters. Is the adult film industry, then, pioneering the use of VR tech in entertainment?
At any rate, while “sex robots” are the “in” thing to talk about, it seems far more likely that these cheaper, mostly non-physical options are going to be widely adopted by the masses.