Porn: The Driving Force Behind VR Development

The adult industry has always been quick to embrace technological innovations and introduce new ways of delivering and intensifying sexual pleasure. In fact, porn was the driving force behind the early development of the internet, and pornographers have been the first to adopt credit card payments and streaming video. VR porn is no exception to the rule.

According to an analysis report from SexLikeReal, a porn app developer, the strongest drivers for the industry are porn and games. These are the biggest consumer markets and hence the locomotives of virtual reality. In fact, these two types of entertainment have always driven sales of consumer electronics products. This has been happening since the times of the VHS and the first personal computers.

In 2017, the company’s research placed total gross revenue at $18 million. The following year, SexLikeReal projected a total of $50 million in sales and $15 million in revenue.

Historical Perspective

A lot has changed since the release of the first adult movie in 1897. The porn industry has been quietly leading the way for decades. Soon after the release of the first iPad, a porn studio announced that it had found a way to stream steamy videos onto the tablet, in defiance of the Apple store restrictions.

Generally, as soon as a new content platform arrives, pornographers are among the first adopters – unless they created it. This trend can be traced back to VCRs to pay-per-view to instant cameras – all the way to the printing press.

According to Jonathan Coopersmith, history of technology.professor at Texas A&M University, “It’s not necessarily that the porn industry comes up with the ideas, but there’s a huge difference in any technology between the idea and the successful application… They’re kind of the shock troops, and one of the nice things for them is that they can claim, ‘Hey, I’m advancing technology.'”

As much as half of all online content today is porn-related, and adult entertainment is regarded as the first product to bring profits on the internet. The industry still makes over $1 billion every year, which means porn is the most lucrative business on the planet.

The Advantages of VR porn

The soaring popularity of virtual reality porn is not surprising. With a VR headset, the viewer feels part of the process:

  • As all background distractions are blocked, you may fully dive into the world of immersive porn.
  • Here, star performers are seen in their full-size human scale, and you watch them pleasuring you.
  • The wide 180- or 360-degree perspective allows you to focus on any part of their body and study the environment if you wish.  
  • The pleasure may be further boosted with the help of numerous haptic sex toys and accessories, from Lovense gadgets to fancy full-body Tenga suits.

VR porn studios are working tirelessly to create fresh and varied content all the time, with everything from straight, gay and lesbian sex to orgies, threesomes and blockbuster parodies. Many users praise the realistic sensations they experience, and some even compare their intensity to losing virginity again.

Overall, the success of such adult content is logical. After all, porn has long been the hidden driver of innovation. Virtual reality has become another technical novelty successfully adopted by pornographers.

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