What is the viewing experience of VR porn really like?

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Since early 2014 when Ela Darling, an adult entertainment actress recorded her first VR performance, the world of virtual porn has taken off.

  • Recent studies suggests VR porn produces a more positive experience than typical porn viewing through a monitor or screen.
  • RealityLovers, a top VR porn website, speaks about the benefits of virtual reality porn experiences and the future of VR adult entertainment.

The porn industry has seen a lot of change over the years, from Playboy being sold in corner stores to naughty pay-per-view movies on TV to personalized porn that’s available on cam websites… and now, VR porn. VR porn (virtual reality porn) takes adult content to the next level; instead of just watching a scene, you’re seemingly participating in it while watching through a VR headset that brings the environment to life.

Your brain on VR porn

Daily Dot covered a study that was done by a popular VR pornography website and the results were quite interesting (albeit from a small sample): according to the study, which had men between the ages of 18-45 watching the same clip on a flat monitor and then again with a VR headset, participants watching VR porn had to work harder to process the information. The article explains:

That’s not necessarily a bad result… [B]oth VR and PC scored in the cognitive load “sweet spot,” where users were neither overwhelmed with information nor bored by it… The participants’ motivation, or whether they feel positive or negative about watching certain content, was also greater, or more positive, in the VR test.

The overall results of this study suggest that VR porn produces a more positive experience but is not too overwhelming. Various studies have since confirmed this original finding.

The rise of VR porn and what it means for the adult entertainment industry

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What is the viewing experience like?

With some of the top VR porn websites having been around for up to five years now, the continued developments in technology have allowed the adult entertainment industry to advance in ways we could have only imagined, allowing viewers to have an incredibly realistic experience through platforms like RealityLovers.

For those who have not yet experienced virtual reality porn, it’s a completely immersive way to consume adult content. There are 180-degree and 360-degree porn websites available which allow you to explore the environment you’re in, which can include exotic locations around the world or fantasy locations that don’t exist in real life.

One of the most popular experiences is POV (point of view) porn, which allows you to view the scene from a first-person perspective. As you can imagine, this is a particularly popular genre of VR porn, although there are many other genres in existence.

What equipment do you need to watch VR porn?

Although VR systems used to be expensive, they are becoming increasingly more popular among the general public. From smartphones and Google Cardboard to Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and beyond, there are plenty of different options for VR equipment.

Most virtual reality porn websites are capable of accepting various types of VR systems, but you may need to check with the site to make sure the equipment you have (or are looking to purchase) is compatible with their platform.

Along with a VR headset of your choosing, there are also some sex toys that people choose to use to enhance their virtual reality experience. People who desire a totally immersive experience may opt for something like the Fleshlight Launch (a male interactive sex toy that is able to sync with VR content through select platforms).

VR porn and beyond…

If you’re curious about virtual reality porn, devices are more affordable than ever and more and more platforms are giving viewers access to virtual reality situations. The sex toy industry has also hopped on board, manufacturing more and more toys that are Bluetooth compatible, meaning you can sync them to your VR system and use them simultaneously. From POV sex to threesomes and more, virtual reality is quickly becoming a favorite way for people to bring their fantasies to life.

This article was originally posted on Big Think

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