Is Virtual Reality Porn just Foreplay? Augmented Reality; the Future of Adult Entertainment?

The adult industry has been propelling — and in some cases initiating — new technologies since the invention of the printing press. Mainstream tech like VCRs and DVDsstreaming videoencryptioneven credit card verification all owe at least some of their success to porn. Could virtual reality be next?

Photo credit: Ella Darling

Photo credit: Ella Darling

“110 percent,” says Anna Lee, president of two Vancouver, B.C.-based adult entertainment companies. “Porn is the driving force right now that is actually causing the headset sales.” HoloFilm Studios and Utherverse President Anna Lee.

Lee co-founded Utherverse, an adult social network, in 2005. A little more than a year ago, she launched virtual reality film studio HoloFilm Productions. She’s bullish about porn as the driving force for innovation in virtual reality and she has good reason to be. The monthly subscriber base for HoloGirls, HoloFilm’s main VR product, is growing 30 percent month-over-month.

BaDoinkVR, a maker of virtual reality adult entertainment based in New York, saw active subscribers increase by approximately 1,000 percent in the past year, according to CEO Todd Glider.

“Virtual reality porn, at its best, illustrates the potential and promise of virtual reality better than any other medium,” he said. “If you compare a good virtual reality porn video to any 2D porn video, the difference is so stark, so immediate, so undeniable, so visceral you can’t help but surrender to the possibility that this new tech is the next big mass communication medium.”

Although the adult industry tends to be a bit opaque when it comes to hard statistics, Google Trends show interest in VR porn far outpacing searches for virtual reality games, movies, or sports over the past year.

Augmented reality and the future of porn

The majority of HoloGirls films are shot in first-person male point-of-view. In other words, the person wearing the headset looks down and sees a male body in place of his or her own. The porn star in the video interacts with the viewer as if they were in the same room.

Lee believes this is just the beginning. She sees highly sophisticated augmented reality experiences as the next frontier for porn.

“I think, eventually, we’re moving forward to a time where the girl will be sitting on your own lap when you look down,” she said. “She’ll be in your room and there will be the augmented reality laid on top of the [actual] reality.” BadoinkVR CEO Todd Glider.

Glider also sees huge potential for this kind of experience. But he’s quick to caution that mixed reality adult entertainment is still in the 1.0 phase.

“It will look like and, more importantly, feel like there is a porn star in your apartment,” he said. “Consider anything you’ve seen using HoloLens: Instead of a shark swimming, in mid-air, around your kitchen table, you’ll see someone like August Ames seated there. I’m certain that’s a few years off. Producing content like that is expensive and requires a much bigger market than exists today, but it will happen.”

Mainstream apps, like Pokémon Go and Snapchat, are already showing consumers’ appetite for augmented reality experiences. Ian Paul, CIO of San Diego-based adult film studio Naughty America, thinks they’re setting the stage for AR porn.

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