With special glasses, you become the actor yourself in virtual reality sex movies. Our author tried out VR porn: Is it real competition to reality?
I’m sitting in a bare, uncomfortable waiting room when the announcement goes out in English that all further appointments will be postponed for an hour. The good-looking guy sitting across from me doesn’t seem to mind. On the contrary, he grins at me even more broadly. Apart from the two of us, there is no one else here. He slowly approaches me, takes off his T-shirt and kneels down in front of me.
Where to find VR porn?
You can find VR live cams at SEXcamVR. The biggest providers of VR porn are Naughty America, Badoink VR and Virtual Real Porn. All of them have a small repertoire of 360-degree and especially 180-degree movies that you can download or stream for a fee. They cooperate with popular porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn, where you can watch some movies for free. CAM 4VR is already a platform where amateurs offer live VR chats. They often simply film themselves with two or more Go-Pros in a 180-degree angle.
VR Porn: Sex Fantasies in a New Dimension
That’s when it gets too much for me! I pull the glasses off my head and escape back to reality.
My living room looks as if nothing had happened: Next to me is still the manual, a pile of laundry, and a cool herbal tea is on the table.
A virtual man and real excitement – was I just digitally satisfied in all seriousness? With virtual reality glasses on your head, you can fly through space in a spaceship from your sofa at home, dive for treasure in sunken shipwrecks – or live out your most secret sex fantasies.
In my VR porn I become a star myself!
The 360-degree camera was positioned at the head height of a performer for the shoot. So when I look down at myself with the glasses on, I’m looking down at someone else’s human body. Depending on which film you choose, you can slip into the role of a man, a woman, a transsexual. Or, as a voyeur, you can watch the actors having sex with a couple or at an orgy.
The direction of the view can be controlled with the head movement. So I can choose whether I want to watch the sex or rather inspect the interior of the room. In the next movie, I’m a guy looking into the eyes of the woman kneeling in front of me. So that’s also how I look when I give a blowjob .
Slightly irritated I change the film. Lie now on a bed, have big breasts and a great trained belly, on which my gaze first hangs. A pretty woman comes up to me and smiles at me while she straps on a strap-on. I smile back expectantly … suddenly the screen goes dark – the connection to my smartphone is interrupted.
VR Porn: Sex with still faulty technology – these are the problems!
- That the “thread” sometimes breaks, is still the smallest technical problem with VR.
- There are the glasses since the nineties, but even the latest generation does not create a perfect illusion with its image quality. With many glasses, only the focus point is sharp, the rest is blurry and flickers.
- Also, the head-tracking algorithm does not always work that well – sometimes the image does not follow the head movement fast enough. This delay triggers nausea in some. That’s why VR porn is often filmed from the perspective of a passive – usually male – body being pleasured, usually lying down, by one or more women.
- In some films, the transitions of the individual cameras can be seen, which destroys the immersion: the sinking into the virtual world. But that’s not all:
- For smooth enjoyment, prospective customers need a smartphone of a certain size – or even better, a powerful PC.
It’s a bit like 1995 when the Internet launched. We are in year one of a new technology, says Maurice Op de Beek of Dutch sex toy manufacturer Kiiroo. The company develops remote-controlled sex toys for people in long-distance relationships.
Now they’re partnering with major VR porn producers to synchronize their dildos and artificial vaginas with VR movies.
Synchronized to the movie action, they emit stimuli, contract, vibrate … Japanese sex toy company Tenga this year released the “Illusion VR” full-body suit, which, synchronized with movies, massages, vibrates and manually satisfies. In Japan, enthusiasm for such toys is so great that a VR porn fair had to be canceled this June because of the huge crowds.
What does my boyfriend say?
Instead of a sex suit, I prefer to invite my boyfriend over first – and ask him to do what the actors in the movies supposedly do to me. At first I ask nicely and carefully: “Could you please put your hand on my breast and grab it?”, but soon my commands become shorter and more specific – and I become sharper. For a split second, I’m no longer sure who the warm hand on my body actually belongs to.
When I stop giving instructions and feel someone penetrating me, while at the same time I see myself being pampered by hand, I have to smile: reality and virtual reality are blurring …
Is this now the future of porn? Or the future of sex? For some, it certainly sounds tempting: to be able to decide shortly before coitus who you want to be intimate with. Or change partners with just a few clicks. But sex therapist and psychologist Miriam Kegel is concerned: “VR sex is convenient, you don’t have to make an effort and satisfy other people’s needs. For many people, normal porn is already a substitute for sexuality. This will be exacerbated by VR porn.” She sees the new movies as a clear competitor to partnered relationships. Porn addiction is one of the most common concerns men in particular come to her practice with anyway. With VR, she says, it could become even harder for real sex to exist alongside virtual.
My conclusion for VR Porn & Sex
Experts agree that VR goggles will spread like HD TVs did last – once more movies become available and goggle prices (see left) drop. Porn could help VR achieve a breakthrough. However, the technical problems still cloud the enjoyment. In addition, the passivity of the actors in many films can become boring in the long run. For me, the experience with my boyfriend was the best. There were the digital stimuli, and at the same time I could taste, smell and feel him. So the combination of VR porn and real sex gave us a hot night of love – even if the glasses on the other person’s head do look a bit strange … But who knows, maybe the question will soon be part of the good tone in our bedrooms: “Do you mind if I have my Oculus on?”