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VR porn may find PS4 backdoor, but is AR porn the future?

2016-09-12 18:45:00·  4 minute read   ·  Steven Hansen@poverotti
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The future in coming

On the Blu-ray versus HD-DVD conversation, Tropic Thunder's Kevin Sandusky notes, "people thought it would come down to pixel rate or refresh rate and they were pretty much the same. What it came down to was gamers and porn." It helped that the PS3 offered a Trojan horse (built-in Blu-ray, rather than an external attachment) and that "HD-DVD" is a stupid name that doesn't evoke cool future shit like "Blu-ray." Larger storage capacity and better anti-piracy options probably nudged things in Blu-ray's favor, too. Regardless, the sticky intersection of technology and porn has always been of interest to us.

In the video game sector, we were barraged with "VR is the future of gaming" type articles for years leading up to the eventual release of a few of these headsets -- and upcoming release of PlayStation VR -- and now that a few are out, I don't see a lot of scuttlebutt. I could just be looking in the wrong places; I don't mean for this to be an exhaustive look at the state of VR. But it's interesting to see similar pie-in-the-sky articles (and complete shark jumping) coming out of the porn world. For example, from the BBC, "Is virtual reality the future of online pornography?"

Here we may want to remember the helpful tip that the answer to any interrogative headline is, typically, "no."

Others are more grounded, while simultaneously angling for a bigger leap. Librarian turned porn star and political activist Ela Darling, "the world's first Virtual Reality Porn Queen and a pioneer of VR in the adult industry," says, "I think Augmented Reality is the next destination, however for the near future I think VR is the best place for creators to learn about this new medium. I think stereoscopic 360-degree content is important but I'm less interested in monoscopic 360 content." Already we're answering "is VR the future of porn" with, "no, but it's a stopgap, and good for a couple years of investment." Which does feel more honest, if less exciting. "[Augmented Reality] porn will be thrilling," she notes, "but I think porn needs to get a firm position in VR before that transition will make sense." Baby steps.

A couple friends tried the VR porn on display at E3 from Naughty America, but they weren't really into it. Then again, a mix of the environment (hot, sweaty, nerd-filled) and not being able to touch your dick might have something to do with it. Still there are the hopefuls convincing us otherwise, like, "The future of feminist porn? Virtual reality made by women, for women." Aside from arguing what is or isn't "feminist porn," I am struggling to imagine this future. While a lot of women watch porn, porn giant Porn Hub says only about 25% of global traffic is from women. There's some chicken/egg debate over the kinds of videos that dominate these sites and the audience they appeal to (men), but I don't get coupling a scarce resource (porn "for women") with an even smaller audience (people with VR masks).

In January of this year, a research firm estimated over 200 million virtual reality helmets would be sold by 2020. By the time Pokémon Go got hot (July 4), HTC Vive sales hadn't even hit 100,000 and the company seems reticent to releasing sales numbers.

Perhaps I will look like the prehistoric crank on the wrong side of VR history. I have just consistently been unable to understand why wonkish tech folk and reporters alike think an $800 pair of glasses (that needs to be hooked up to a >$1,000 computer) is a viable consumer product as we careen towards another recession (hello, wealth distribution nearing the 1920s peak that precipitated the Great Depression). There's room for a thousand-dollar luxury, but widespread mainstream proliferation? I still don't get it. Even if there's a boon with PSVR and sudden VR fad, I don't know what keeps VR from becoming the next Wii. Maybe if VR housings that use your phone become the new normal?

Regardless, those of you going in on PS VR may be interested to know that, while Sony seems like it is intentionally keeping porn apps and the like from its ecosystem, you might still be able to use it to try out some VR porn -- and join exclusive company in doing so.

The CEO and founder of VRPorn Daniel Peterson, who has some vested interest in folks being able to access VR porn with their devices, says that PS VR users will still be able to find functional virtual reality porn through the PS4's web browser. "We see the web as the place where adult VR will dominate because it's the most open and accessible platform," he explained. "We have not approached Sony yet. But Sony is a big smart company that understands the market. I think they'll make the right choices to make sure their tech is Web VR enabled, though it may take them a while to get there."

The future is coming.




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