Virtual Reality and the Porn Industry

is VR Porn becoming the ‘most pleasurable’ option for porn consumers?

Picture Editor | Sukey Richardson

By Cloe Grampa @cloylimon
Subedited by: Lee Wyton and Jasmine Wing | @JasmineW_BN

Virtual reality (VR) has revived the tech industry and has become the main influencer in the video game industry. Although, many believe that the VR technology has hit a wall, due to affordability reasons The required equipment seemed expensive to some, such as the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset costing £500. – the headset is not only used for video games, but it has become the driver within the Porn Industry.

Porn might still be a taboo subject, but the porn industry and its net worth are absolutely thriving, with Porn Hub being a nearly $4b website. With Porn being as popular as ever, consumer demands are also changing looking for more realistic experiences of porn. VR headsets have become the ultimate resource for porn consumers, delivering a 360° experience.

In 2017, Porn Hub’s data showed that half a million viewers were accessing their VR content. The VR content also increased, reaching approximately 2600 VR porn videos between 2017 and 2018.
Many fans of VR porn describe the whole experience as ‘new level’ because the images that are produced so close to your eyes instigate your brain to almost feel other sensations, like touch, that simply isn’t there.

This is not the first time that the virtual world has take over the real one; in Japan LovePlus, the dating game became a real phenomenon casting the virtual girlfriend that you can meet on the handheld console – Nintendo DS.

Dinorah Hernandez, Head Director and Content Manager at BaDoinkVR, the world’s largest virtual reality site for adult entertainment said that “People are asking for more romance, closeness, more talking. This is something you’ll find in a real relationship but not everyone in the world will have access to that kind of relationship”.

What do you think? Do you think that VR is becoming a replacement of human intimacy, or do you support the advancement of this technology? Let us know on Instagram @breathenews

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