Pornography

This Is What An Orgy Looks Like in Virtual Reality

Why I'm still skeptical that VR porn will catch on any time soon.

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Greetings again from the AVN 2016 Adult Entertainment Expo, where I had the chance to visit a virtual-reality strip club and a virtual orgy, courtesy of Holodexxx and HoloGirlsVR. The two companies, both relatively new, offer quite different versions of virtual reality. 

With HoloGirlsVR, users can download videos to a headset such as Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear or to their smartphones. Phones can then be used in conjunction with an inexpensive cardboard headset made by HoloGirlsVR.

The videos feature real human beings doing typical porn things while your virtual goggles give you access, either as a bystander or someone in on the action. All of the HoloGirlsVR films—which the company is releasing at a rate of about one every two weeks—are shot in 180 degrees only, which helps keep files small. 

When I put on the HoloGirlsVR headset at the expo yesterday, I was immediately thrust into someone's living room, where they were very vocally having sex in front of me on the couch. I watched them for a few seconds and then turned my head to the left, where another couple was going at it on another couch. Same thing to my right. Everyone was slightly out of focus, but for the most part the picture quality was good. It didn't feel like I was in the room pictured, however, so much as watching a movie on a 180-degree screen. 

The next video clip they showed me was a point-of-view one, however, and this seemed much more like what I think people envision when they hear "VR porn." In this instance, I was transported to a bedroom where two women are, evidently, about to suck my dick. (Oh yeah, and I have a dick.)

It's visible, along with the rest of a man's lower torso and legs, giving the illusion that I am in the bed with these women. Despite my new male anatomy, the POV clip seemed more immersive and, thus, sexier. 

But there's no moving around in the HoloGirlsVR world. I mean, you could physically move around, but it wouldn't change the nature of what you see through the headset.

In contrast, Holodexxx's virtual worlds are shot in 360 degrees and allow users to move about within them. But the other "people" in the world—or at least the one I tried out yesterday—are digitally created. 

Holodexxx's plan is to sell the software for these virtual worlds, which can be used in conjunction with a headset like Oculus Rift. At the expo, guests could try it out using an array of gear that included a VR headset, headphones, and two wand-like controls.

When the Holodexxx video kicks on, I am in an empty strip club, with a bikini-clad hologram shaking her butt right in front of me. She has short, dark hair, but if I turn to the right I can choose to make it longer or a different color, as well customize the hologram-stripper's proportions. I touch one button and her butt gets smaller, another and it inflates back up.

To my right, there are options to change what the stripper—let's call her Cindi—is doing. I am not sure what I touch, but suddenly Cindi is writhing about on the floor. I decide to take this opportunity to wander around a bit, and as I do my field of vision shifts like I'm walking around a real room. 

I approach Cindi, who is now back to standing up and rump-shaking. I reach out toward her, and virtual hands appear in front of me, apparently my hands. I try to grab Cindi's ass, because there are no rules in this strip club, but my hands just kind of pass right through her. All in all, the Holodexxx VR world is very cool in that 'holy shit' kind of way, but it feels a little too much like playing Wii.

It also reminds me of trying VR at the mall arcade as a kid. This was the 90s, and people really thought VR would become big. It didn't. And I'm still not convinced it will, at least not for porn. The value added just doesn't seem enough to outweigh other concerns, like needing special equipment.

This seems to be a worry among those invested in VR porn. At a Friday panel at the AVN expo, representatives from several VR porn companies discussed the challenge of getting people, especially women, to come around to wearing and watching content on a bulky headset. 

Among expo attendees I ask about trying VR porn, most express a mix of mild enthusiasm and some skepticism or hesitation. It was "interesting" and "enjoyable," says Ryan S., a middle-aged man who tried out the HoloGirlsVR set yesterday. But it wasn't "lifelike" in the sense that you felt like you were there—"it felt like up-close TV," he says. 

Daniel R., 32, called the experience "surreal," "really cool," and not like anything he'd seen before, and yet "part of the Internet is just how fucking simple it is" to watch porn, he says. "So I don't know if adding gadgets and stuff makes it better. I don't know…" Daneil trails off and then laughs. "But there's one of those guys in every group who will get one. I already know exactly who it is in my group." 

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    1. So, Warty can finally get laid then.

  1. Congress has to do something!

    1. Lol

    1. Send her to Syria. She must go all the way if we are to be saved.

    2. Seems a little silly to go after her instead of the politicians making the decisions.

    3. “Goodwill Women’s Ambassador” to the UN.

      Threadbare and secondhand certainly describes feminist ideology.

    4. Please do try to stay on topic here.

        1. What do The Fugees have to do with this? Are you talking about ear rape?

      1. So non-consensual group sex isn’t an orgy because why? It’s because the refugees are Muslims isn’t it? Ugh, so racist.

        1. Lol

  2. Virtual pr0n will be the new most scariest drug ever. Watch and see, the luddite neopuritans cannot help themselves. There will be a pants shitting apocalypse.

    1. I think the real shitstorm will come when they start introducing software for kinks. Just imagine the outrage when HoloBeastVR comes out.

      1. And then the sexbots. The feminists and proggies will all shit themselves to death, and then finally, libertarian moment!

        1. Sounds like you guys are looking for the VR schiesse porn?

    2. The future is sexbots. Because if someone’s willing to stick their dick in a fleshlight, they’re willing to stick their dick in this. The Uncanny Valley seems to apply more to computer generated graphics than reality.

      1. The cock will cross the uncanny valley, fly over the awkward mountains, and swim through the bizarre ocean, all to fuck something shaped somewhat like part of a woman.

  3. Why would you want virtual reality porn when you can have the real thing? And by the real thing I mean regular internet porn.

    1. I’m pretty sure this evul VR pr0n will spring forth from the intertoobz. Feel better now?

      1. I want live in that cloud.

      2. Symptoms of internet porn addiction:

        1. You find yourself using a great deal of porn;

        2. You often look at porn rather than other things that are not porn;

        3. You call in sick to work so you can look at porn;

        4. You look at porn while at work;

        5. You apply for and take a job where looking at porn is a requirement;

        6. You hide your porn habit from your friends and family;

        7. You no longer feel the need to hide your porn habit from friends and family;

        8. You find yourself reading porn at a funeral;

        9. You read porn at the funeral of a man whom you killed for his porn;

        10. You have paid for internet porn.

        1. 5. You apply for and take a job where looking at porn is a requirement

          How much does that pay?

          1. Maybe we can talk that over in my office.

            *steps into bathroom stall*

          2. “How much does that pay?”

            We’re at Reason, ask *them* how much it pays.

            1. What does ENB make?

        2. That list is fantastic

        3. Number 11 in addition to (in addiction to) the ten (10) above…

          You put in your will, that, at your funeral, everyone should watch “Long-Schlong John Silver” and “Sarah Palin Does Alaska AND Canada”, while beating off over your dead body.

          NOW ye have REALLY cum out of the closet!

        4. “0. You have paid for internet porn.”

          Utter nonsense

  4. Technology sounds promising. It will be intersting to see that visual tech get paired with haptic feedback devices so you can “feel” Cindi’s ass in multiple ways. Any robot tech there?

    1. I have one word for you son, just one word: Teledildonics. It’s the future.

      1. So that’s what they mean by the Internet of Things.

        1. “Internet of Dildos.”

    2. Remember the “feelies” that had replaced “movies” by the time of Huxley’s Brave New World?

      “Every hair on the bearskin rug.”

      Huxley, Orwell, ?apek and Kafka run the world from the Beyond. We just live in it.

      1. He does look happy.

      2. I did not give permission for my likeness to be used here. Reason can expect a letter from my lawyers.

    3. Technology for virtual sex sounds promising but I’m going to wait until some company like Uber or Lyft comes along and offers on-demand real sex. Imagine being able to make a phone call or just drive down to the corner and pick up some female willing to have sex with you for just for you giving her some money. I have no idea when that day may arrive that such a thing is possible, but I’m sure there’s some entrepreneur working hard on making it a reality.

      1. Clearly you’ve never been to the Delta Nu House

  5. The value added just doesn’t seem enough to outweigh other concerns, like needing special equipment.

    New Reason Weekly Caption contest!! Submit your follow-up line now, city/state not required, contest closes at midnight tonight, January 23rd. Numerous entries allowed, and remember – your mother only loves a winner.

    1. If you’re going to buy a headset for other reasons, like gaming, then nothing else required.

    2. You can use my special equipment anytime.

    3. The special equipment is fairly inexpensive, but you do have to pay extra for the deluxe-sized black version.

    4. And remember, don’t forget the balls.

  6. Everyone was slightly out of focus, but for the most part the picture quality was good.

    People in the midst of sexual congress don’t care if you have on corrective lenses. Stop being so vain and put on your glasses.

    If Star Trek: The Next Generation has taught us anything it’s that VR can go awry at the drop of a space hat. While you’re in these Cockulus Rift headsets be careful you aren’t forced into a life or death struggle with Professor Moriarty’s man meat.

    1. +1Warty Virus

    2. If TNG taught us anything, it’s that you can make a creepy sex holo of one of your co-workers and they’ll be totally cool with it. At least when you’re Geordi or Seven of Nine.

  7. How do we know Elizabeth is really there at the expo? This could be an elaborate charade.

    Pics, or it didn’t happen.

    All kidding aside, I am liking this series of articles.

    1. It’s now obvious that ENB is a totally unhinged hedonist who’s more concerned with her own desires than for the children.

      I’m starting to like her.

      1. Me too. I just got to the picture of her and the headset.

        Note to self: read, then post.

      2. Damn straight.

      3. She will work our orphaned children to death for $$$, then force them to watch VR porn as their corpses are being hauled from the bottom of the mine shaft.

  8. More like VR porn-yes, am I right?

    1. I’m sure they even made some VR porn for you, Crusty. Y

      ou know, the crying, the runny makeup, the hesitation marks on the wrists, the topless protesting…

      There’s something for everybody.

      1. They always cry after, but I assume that is just normal and happens to everyone.

        1. Just after? Not before and during? What’s your secret?

          1. I promise to leave after we are finished.

            1. So they’re tears of *joy*?

  9. If you didn’t rub one out while you wore the VR headset, did you really give it a fair shot? The review is incomplete.

    1. Yes. What did her dick look like? Did it inspire awe and a sense of wonderment? Did the women start to fight over it, and then realize there was enough to please both of them? Did you “accidentally” get any man-milk in their hair?

      1. She starting walking around and smashing things with it. Oh the new found power of the dick.

        1. Smashing things? That is unproductive. Hammering nails, on the other hand…

  10. “The value added just doesn’t seem enough to outweigh other concerns, like needing special equipment.”

    There’s an old adage about how you don’t pay prostitutes for sex. You pay them to go away afterwards.

    There’s something like that going on with pr0n too.

    If it gets the job done, how much more of it or better does it need to be?

    Digital images go away afterwards, too. You don’t have to meet their parents. You don’t have to listen to them tell you about their day. If you want an experience even realer than what consumers already get from porn on the internet, you could always break down and get a real girlfriend. They’re still out there.

    In the meantime, if you’re already getting your jollies from the internet, the jollies you’re already getting are probably already good enough.

  11. Elizabeth, I appreciate the sacrifices you make for us.

  12. How about some audio and video next time. Maybe you could podcast this article.

    1. ENB’s phone must be broken so she has to use her Reason-issued Jitterbug.

  13. Glad you are on the vagina beat, ENB.

  14. Someone needs to go back to the previous thread and help Cyto out. He’s stuck there having delusions all by himself.

    1. I’m not doing it

  15. “This was the 90s, and people really thought VR would become big. It didn’t.”

    I just realized – in Michael Crichton’s novel Disclosure, which is about sexual harassment and virtual reality, the sexual harassment is in real life, and the virtual reality isn’t about sex, but about walking through a virtual archive of company records.

    I would say that Crichton missed the appeal of virtual reality, but they made the novel into a movie, so I guess it was popular enough.

    1. “This was the 90s, and people really thought VR would become big. It didn’t.”

      It didn’t because the idea lacked the tech, both in terms of hardware and software to make it viable. That’s no longer an issue. It’s going to happen this time.

      1. So…holodeck, here we come?

        1. Anyway, only now do I recognize what a rip-off Disclosure was.

          It’s like Anton Chekhov said – if you’re doing a book, then a movie, about sex and virtual reality, you better have a scene of virtual reality sex.

          But I think at that time they’d publish, and do a cinematic version of, anything Michael Chrichton wrote, including his shopping lists.

        2. VR deck, yes. There is already several multi-directional treadmills in development for use with VR. The experience is better when you don’t fall over an end table and break your head.

          HTC Vive already has wall sensors and hand held devices so you can experience VR while moving around in a virtual space. With the Derpbook Rift, you have to sit down and watch videos of people’s ugly kids on Derpbook, with a Suckerburg advertisement and warning about trying to look at pr0n every 5 minutes. No thanks.

      2. It didn’t because the idea lacked the tech, both in terms of hardware and software to make it viable. That’s no longer an issue. It’s going to happen this time.

        Bullshit. The tech has changed *marginally* since the 90s and some of the latest and greatest implementations of related tech have been huge flops. Until it gets some serious multi-sensory support (or other interface) and nearly, if not entirely eliminates the screen, it’s a pipedream. It will only succeed in the fact that people will find ways to dispose of disposable income (like paying for porn).

  16. Reason send ENB to a porn convention and all we get are thumbnail images? Way to run an online magazine, cosmos.

  17. Sundance Film Festival for the first time has a VR category. They’ve got a smartphone app that works with the cardboard Google viewers, and the films are available now.

    Like ENB’s description of the porn, the images are a bit fuzzy, and quality isn’t HD, but the films are engaging.

    1. So the newsworthy thing is that *somebody* has been doing good movies, they’re just shifting to VR?

  18. Everyone was slightly out of focus

    So, like at a *real* sex party? I mean, so I’ve heard?

  19. I saw some foreign film about 15 years ago where a guy who never leaves his house has virtual sex online – I think by wearing some kind of suit or something, and I’ve been waiting for this suit to be invented.

    After some google fu, I see that it was a French move titled Thomas in Love.

    “”Thomas in Love” images a cyberfuture in which the hero lives sealed in his apartment, and his entire social life takes place through his computer screen. ………………………..The only big breakthrough is a virtual sex suit, kind of a cross between an EKG hookup and a vibrator, that allows two people to access each other’s bodies via the Internet. ”

    http://www.rogerebert.com/revi…..-love-2001

  20. The Wii is counter-immersive. Poor graphics and the crude remote that requires overacting are detractors. I’m surprised that there’s a comparison to VR.

  21. Thanks for all the lulz today, Reason commentariat. Collective +1

  22. Enough teasing, ENB.

    How long did it take you to cum?

  23. The fan service with this one is off-the-charts — not that anyone’s complaining.

    Though…

    “So I don’t know if adding gadgets and stuff makes it better. I don’t know…” Daneil trails off and then laughs. “But there’s one of those guys in every group who will get one. I already know exactly who it is in my group.”

    If you know these details about your friends, you know too much…

  24. Interactive erotic software. The wave of the future, dude! One hundred percent electronic.

    Me, I still jerk off manually.

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  29. Well that is interesting.

    ENB,

    Re: having a dick.

    Might be interesting to have a pussy for a while. Could be too “gay” if it was MF.

    Computer connected stimulators will be next.

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    Seriously, when did we give up phrasing?

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