Over the past few years, Virtual Reality and VR porn has gone from the thing of science fiction fantasy, or in reality from clunky low-res nausea machines, to the first large scale shipments of what could possibly be one of the most exciting technological developments of the century. But beyond Silicon Valley who else is a major player in this new industry? You guessed it. pROn…. but before you get your undies in a bunch, know that VR porn a very good thing for the VR industry as a whole. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel via Fortune Magazine, by 2025, adult virtual reality content is forecast to be a $1 billion business, the third biggest sector behind video games and NFL-related content.

When virtual reality gets cheaper than dating, society is doomed. -Dogbert (Scott Adams)

VR apps and videos are super awesome but as you know or you’ll soon find out, your first virtual porn experience is…. exciting… and unique, and with the adult industry comes dollars, and people, dollars and people that expand demand and bring innovation. That is the true value behind the Tuesday night date with Gear VR and headphones. A large market fuels growth and investment = better content and better tech.  It’s also a shitload of fun… let’s check it out.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about VR porn and the immersive virtual sex tech making it possible: how it works, the equipment required, and where to find the best quality content. Don’t worry, it might seem overwhelming at first but we’ll keep things jargon-free and easy to understand.

What Is VR?

Virtual Reality Sex: Mind BlownVirtual Reality is an interactive digitally-created environment that gives the illusion of being inside a virtual world. VR headsets use head tracking sensors to trick your brain into believing that you’re actually there. This is called immersion, and some of the most fun VR apps and videos provide an entirely immersive experience. The earliest true consumer VR headset (or consumer viewing device), Google Cardboard, came out in 2014 and while initially exciting, technology has advanced rapidly since then. Both the VR headsets themselves, and the apps and videos to use with them have greatly improved in quality. And while we can expect things to get even better as time goes on, the current collection of Virtual Reality products provide an extraordinarily convincing experience.

What Is VR Porn and Virtual Sex?

Now, think for a second – if you could create your own perfect world, what would be in it? Fresh brick oven pizza, oh and attractive naked people, right? Attractive naked people you can look at, and have sex with, and the brick brick oven pizza. Yes! Well now you can sorta have it. Welcome to the world of virtual reality pornography. It really is as good as it sounds. The bulk of quasi interactive porn content out there right now exists as high definition videos. Most are filmed from the viewer’s point of view (POV), to provide an up-close and personal immersive experience. They usually offer side-by-side stereoscopic content – this is where two images, filmed at slightly different angles, are placed next to each other to give the sensation of depth and 3D immersion. Typically you’ll have 180 degree view, meaning you can look around to your left and right, and up and down, but some offer a 360 degree view where you can see what’s happening all around you. This comes in especially useful when you’re part of a virtual orgy *gasp*. Throw in some binaural sound (more on this later) and you are in for a treat. 

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Why Is VR PornographyPopular?

As powerful as our brains are, when you boil everything down we are mainly input output machines. With moderately simple manipulation we can be tricked into believing something is real by creating artificial input signals. Virtual Reality uses sight, sound and motion to do this, and is remarkably effective at it. When it comes to porn, watching a 2d video on your computer can be enjoyable enough, but wouldn’t it be better to be right in the middle of the action? to have the action be happening to you? or at the very least to be immersed in a completely different experience than the flat screen in front of you. 

With Virtual Reality, you can have your favorite pornstar right in front of you, making eye contact, talking and interacting with you. When done right it can be a breathtaking experience, and has led to many virtual porn viewers abandoning traditional 2d porn in favor of its superior VR equivalent. Indeed, there are even claims that virtual porn is destructive to real-life relationships, with some users preferring to engage with their virtual counterparts. (We explore the whole risks and VR porn debate in other posts) While this is confined to a small number of people, it demonstrates just how convincing virtual porn can be. However, it should be noted that VR porn should be used within reason. If you sense yourself becoming dependent on it to the detriment of real-life relationships, it’s time to step away!

What Types Of VR Porn Are There?

Although it’s a fairly new phenomenon, many adult entertainment studios have recognized the possibilities and excitement around virtual porn and set up their own dedicated VR departments. These include major studios such as Kink, Badoink and Naughty America VR (Naughty America VR review here), along with dedicated VR porn outfits such as WankzVR and Virtual Real Porn, VR Bangers, plus smaller European companies such as CzechVR and Virtual Taboo and others. The majority of VR porn videos involve heterosexual couples, filmed from the male point of view but dig a little deeper and there’s a lot more out there. You can experience straight sex from the woman’s perspective, solo masturbation, group sex, gay, lesbian or transsexual sex, voyeurism and much more. Well-known pornstars such as Riley Reid, Keisha Grey and Penny Pax regularly appear in new VR videos. Content is just now in its infancy and we’re seeing a swath of VR pornstar exclusives where studios compete for the first release, for example one of the first Lexi Belle VR scenes etc.  There are many hundreds of videos out there already, with new studios popping up all the time and new releases everyday. Whatever your fetish, there’s VR porn for it – or soon will be. The extensive VR Porn list coming soon.

What About True Virtual Sex?

To get technical for a second, the virtual porn mentioned above isn’t Virtual Reality in the actual sense. (Wait, what are you talking about?) Real VR adds the ability to move around, giving complete freedom in a virtual 3d world. With the style used in most VR porn, you are placed in the virtual world in a fairly static position, either standing, seated or lying down. You can turn your head left and right, and up and down, but you cannot move forward or backwards around inside the virtual world itself. The majority of contemporary virtual porn works like this, using pre-recorded videos. However, the company VRGirlz are doing something very close to actual VR. They have a special camera set-up with multiple HD cameras that record images of models from every angle. These are then stitched together to create incredibly realistic 3D models. Using the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you can explore a space full of these static models, looking at them from various angles. Similarly, there are studios such as Citor3 that do similar things with animated renderings. There are limitations with what you can do, but it shows great promise for the future of VR porn.

How about Virtual Reality Porn Games?

It’s sad but piracy has put a big crimp on the adult video game industry in recent years. We’ve seen innovative fun content coming online, some in North America and Europe but mainly from studios in Japan (30 year history of immersive sex games), but the artists and programmers have been met with struggles for survival in a heavy torrent sharing climate. The good news is with the now wider adoption and mainstreaming of the VR sex entertainment industry we are seeing a resurgence in the ability for adult sex game companies to reach a wider audience through legal channels. BeachHouseSex is a great example. The extensive VR Porn game list coming soon.

What Equipment Do I Need To Watch VR Porn?

To experience virtual reality sex, you need two things: a virtual reality headset and VR porn content. We’ll look at where to find VR porn below, but let’s focus on hardware for now. To keep things simple we’ll look at two distinct types of VR headsets, those that are fully integrated standalone systems and those that utilize your smartphone. The low-cost option involves plugging a smartphone into the VR headset, and using it as the display for your apps and videos. The high-end option comes with better quality optics and dedicated components but require an advanced desktop computer or games console to run. Here’s a more detailed look at the options available.

VR porn viewing devices

Mobile-Based Headsets

Google Cardboard ~$15- This is by far the most affordable way to try VR porn. Google Cardboard is little more than a piece of folded cardboard, fitted with two glass lenses. It’s easy to set-up and all you need is a decent quality Android phone (4.1 or above) or iPhone (5 or above). A Google Cardboard headset can be picked up for a few dollars on Amazon, or you can even build one yourself. They don’t come with a headstrap but these are easily attached. We strongly recommend this as full enjoyment of virtual porn requires both hands free (yes I wrote that). Many people are skeptical about a piece of cardboard providing a quality VR experience but it’s surprisingly effective. Fun? yes. Super immersive? Not really… but for such a small outlay it’s worth giving it a go.

GearVR ~$99- This is Samsung’s high-end version of Google Cardboard and is superior in many ways. It has a headstrap, adjustable lenses, fits better and has built-in hardware such as proximity sensors, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Like Cardboard, it requires a powerful mobile phone to work but is only compatible with the latest range of Samsung smartphones, such as the Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S7 and S7 Edge. You can pick one up for around $99. If you have a suitable phone the enhanced features are well worth the extra investment. A great option to experience a big chunk of what VR has to offer at a minial investment. 

Standalone VR High-End Headsets

These include the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Playstation VR (launching in October 2016). While these products offer great advantages over the mobile-based VR headsets, they are brand new on the market and mega demand has them hard to come by. You can use them to watch existing VR porn videos but they don’t offer much in the way of exclusive virtual porn yet (other than the above-mentioned VRGirlz and Citor3), and are currently for serious enthusiasts. This category is by far the most exciting and we’ll keep close watch over the developments of these headsets and VR porn and will discuss in more detail in future articles.

Other Gear

Bluetooth Controller ~$20 – While not essential, they do add more functions to your VR porn viewing. Want to skip a section or rewatch a particularly impressive feat of sexual gymnastics? You could use a controller to rewind or fast-forward with ease. No need to invest in an expensive bluetooth gamepad, small controllers like this do the job well.

Teledildonics – Another exciting emerging market, teledildonics are sex toys that are designed to connect long-distance partners, but can also be used with interactive VR porn videos to match the movements of the onscreen action. This technology is in its infancy, but they have great potential. We’ll look at these in more detail in upcoming features. We have a full virtual Reality sex toy guide and list in the works. Stay tuned.

How Do I Watch VR Porn?

Now you have the hardware, you need something to play your VR porn. Here are some of the best options out there right now.

Apps – The main method of viewing virtual reality porn on your smartphone is by using a VR player. There are many free apps on the market, including AAA VR Cinema and VR Player for Android, and FreeVRPlayer and Mobile VR Station for iPhone. You simply put your downloaded VR porn video onto your phone, then load it into your VR viewing app and select the best viewing configuration.

MilkVR – If you’re using the GearVR, it has a dedicated VR video viewer called MilkVR. Install the app and put your videos in the correct folder and you’re away. Like the standard apps, you might need to try different viewing formats before finding the ideal settings.

Streaming – Sites such as Pornhub let you stream VR porn directly to your phone using your internet browser.

Dedicated viewer – Sites like Virtual Real Sex have dedicated viewing applications for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift porn viewing.

Where Can I Find Virtual Reality Porn Videos?

The best method is to download the videos from dedicated VR porn sites. These videos are very large and can be anything from 1gb to 10gb. You can usually find free videos and samples but the best content comes from paid sites. There are dozens of VR porn sites out there, but here’s where newcomers should start.

Free – Some sites offer free samples of their videos, with BaDoink offering a free full-quality download of a 360 degree scene. BDSM porn company Kink offer a small selection of free videos on their site, ranging from domination, gay sex and more. You can stream VR porn from Pornhub, but the quality won’t be as good as downloaded files. View our extensive collection of all the free VR porn video links we could find, continuously updated.

Paid – If you’re serious about VR porn, signing up to a paid site is the best option. Many offer low-cost trial periods allowing you to download the entire catalog. We’ll look at these in more detail in future articles, but the VR porn companies with the widest selection of high quality content are currently Naughty America VR, VirtualRealPorn, WankzVR, BaDoink, Virtual Taboo, Hologirls and CzechVR.

Conclusion: Stay Curious, Have Real Sex, Try Virtual Sex and Be Happy

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that virtual reality is the biggest revolution in porn since the birth of the internet. Words aren’t enough to get across how unique the experience is, we strongly suggest you try it out for yourself and we hope this guide to VR porn was helpful. Spend a few dollars on a Google Cardboard headset or Gear VR, and providing you have a decent smartphone you too can take part in virtual sex with the pioneers in immersive content and tech creation.  Now check the rest of theVRPornblog.com for reviews and other expert information about the world of Virtual Reality porn. 

As always we’d love to hear from you. What did we leave out? What are your experience with VR porn and immersive virtual sex tech? Hate it, love it, let us know?

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4 Responses

  1. Vanessa

    Great article! I’ve been searching for the most fun way to experience the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality glasses with a male masturbator. Do you have some tips? I saw that Kiiroo.com has a package deal, it includes with Virtual Real Porn free trial with a VR Headset. Has anyone ever purchase it or tried the combination?

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    • Ish

      Thanks! Yes I have tried Kiiroo and am working on a full writeup as we speak. Stay tuned for the follow up guide to virtual reality porn tech and teledildonics.

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