It’s harder for me to understand what’s in it for consumers.
Porn viewers have already created their own ad-hoc solutions for turning 2-D videos into an augmented reality experience.
VR porn makes a bid to enhance the porn viewer’s experience, but in a way it takes them further away from the action: Slip on a headset, and you can look up at a porn star’s boobs or down at “your” new dick, but you’re otherwise trapped inside Naughty America’s fantasy.
Look to the left or right for a new link to click on, and all you’ll see is black.
My mind told me to reach out and touch, but my invisible arms were grabbing nothing but air.
With the ability to move my head and look around the 180-degree field of view, it's a classic case of look but don't touch, but that didn't really matter to the experience. In an instant, porn has transformed from a passive to an interactive experience.
These “POV” sexual encounters are ad-hoc virtual reality simulations just waiting for the technology to catch up.
“The entire history of porn has been trying by whatever means available to arrive at this type of experience, and now it’s here,” Naughty America chief information officer Ian Paul said recently. “It’s time to take VR seriously again, especially the pornography,” Jonnie Ross, co-organizer of virtual reality expo VRLA said in 2014, adding, “I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a virtual BJ on the Millennium Falcon.” —each scene riffs on the basic premise of a man, a woman, and a woman, doin’ it, together—features a scene filmed with VR cameras.Next month will see the launch of Alice X, a company that trains VR cameras on live models, who can move and strip and talk at the viewer’s command. “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.Using both virtual reality and green screen technology, Alice X founder Fabian Grey told me, allows users to “join” the model in the locale of his choosing, from “a beach with palm trees swaying in the wind” to “a castle with a fireplace crackling in the background” to “a space ship landing on the moon.” At this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Naughty America rented a suite in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, pulled in passing tech journalists, lubricated them with cocktails, and invited them to take the scene for a spin. I felt my face get flushed as they showed me their, ahem, skills,” he wrote later.But VR porn raises more than your heart rate – it raises moral dilemmas too.Despite being nowhere near a physical woman, the reality of the experience made me feel guilty.(I mean in the sense of real life happening, not plausibility.