Welcome to the brave new world of virtual reality porn

Oculus rift technology is making virtual reality actual reality.

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The Oculus Rift Inspired by The Lawnmower Man. Image Kickstarter

For years, especially in the 90s, virtual reality meant clunky headsets were required to explore new and noticeably pixelated worlds.

Movies like Demolition Man did not help – a film that saw Sylvester Stallone frozen in the present day only to awake to a future where, among other things, couples copulate via sleek headsets designed to simulate sex.

Virtual reality sex was seen as a nightmarish fictional future. Sylvester Stallone certainly didn’t want any part of it. That it was so disturbing is no mean feat when you consider Demolition Man’s characters use sea shells in place of toilet paper.

VR Sex Stallone says no.

But 23 years later, no-one is laughing about the idea of virtual reality sex, or virtual reality porn for that matter.

In fact, 360-degree, all-action, all-adult content could constitute an industry worth a whopping $1 billion by the time 2050 rolls around. Much of this has to do with incredible technology already at our fingertips.

Virtual reality gaming platforms like Oculus Rift have been co-opted to move from offering incredible 3D gaming to some of the most intense and immersive sexual fantasy scenarios you could ever imagine. Yes, including that one, you filthy swine.

It’s been a long wait, but suddenly we’re approaching a world where virtual reality porn could become mainstream fare.

For companies like XXX site PornHub, it’s been a case of playing the waiting game for the development of these platforms.

VR Porn from Pornhub
Virtual sex Is porn changing for good? Image Instagram

“VR porn has been on our radar for some time,” PornHub vice president Corey Price explains. “We’ve kept a close watch on the development of virtual reality, and wanted to offer our fans an opportunity to experience it first-hand.”

The result is the first completely free Oculus Rift-based porn service, available to the website’s 60 million daily users.

Not that PornHub are the only ones jumping on the VR bandwagon, with any number of websites now offering the chance to engage in adult antics via an advanced headset.

“Teledildonics have started making it possible to connect the virtual reality experience with a heightened sexual experience”

Yet for adult entertainment companies, this is only the beginning.

“Future innovations will attempt to provide users with deeper immersion,” Price says. “Users want to feel as though they’re a protagonist within the scene they’re watching. They want that gratifying connection.”

Defined as part of what he terms “unparalleled interconnectivity”, Price foresees a time when VR porn will go beyond simply putting a headset on and pulling your trousers down.

Dildos are going to get in on the action.

“Teledildonics have started making it possible to connect the virtual reality experience with a heightened sexual experience,” says Price. “It’s just a matter of time until there is total interconnectivity and users are having virtual sex with their favourite porn stars.”

VR Porn from Pornhub
The thumbs up Just don't ask where her thumbs are. Image Instagram

Now, it might be prudish to suggest, but the idea of having virtual sex with a porn star could be construed as a little sordid.

At the very least, you have to wonder whether such technologies will appeal to the more traditional wankers out there.

It’s a morality that’s definitely crossed Price’s mind, given the plethora of more traditional pornographic content on PornHub – if you can call anything involving tugging “traditional”.

“more and more people will begin to adopt virtual reality as their main form of adult entertainment consumption”

While he admits virtual reality porn has the potential to usurp video as the go-to destination for online pleasure seekers, PornHub will not be deleting its back catalogue just yet.

“As the industry continues to evolve in accordance with emerging technologies, more and more people will begin to adopt virtual reality as their main form of adult entertainment consumption,” Price predicts. “While I think virtual reality will play a significant role within the industry moving forward, I think there will always be a place for traditional content.”

Virtual reality porn looks like it is here to stay, but don’t expect to see point-of-view experiences replacing more traditional fare any time soon.

Instead, it’s likely to sit alongside standard videos as another option on the ever-expanding menu of pornographic curiosities designed to cater to every taste.

Virtual reality porn could take things to a whole new level for XXX filmmakers, actors and digital platforms as we know them.

Now if we could just figure out how those three fucking seashells worked…

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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