There has been a slew of negative articles on virtual reality appearing in the media lately, and today the first of what might be many declaring that VR porn is on its deathbed. Well, perhaps not as negative as that, and I did write a pessimistic piece myself here the other day. This Engadget article is pretty weak, highlighting the woes at KinkVR since the writer’s last visit there two years ago, which might have nothing to do with the health of VR so much as the increasing moralizing over BDSM porn. However, the writer did speak to Ela Darling, almost now the unofficial spokeswoman of the adult VR industry, as well as the Informations Officer at leading VR site Naughty America, and his thoughts especially are interesting – I’ve pulled them from the article in the quotes below – you can read the whole piece here.
Other early adopters saw similar successes. Naughty America, a traditional porn studio that’s as all-American as apple pie and Stifler’s mom, went all-in on VR, appearing at tradeshows like CES and E3 in an attempt to take adult VR mainstream. Since it rolled out its first VR scene in July 2015, the studio has doubled production, releasing two new scenes a week in addition to its standard 2D content.
“VR is the biggest niche since MILF,” Naughty America Chief Information Officer Ian Paul said. “If you want to write it off as just a niche, and it arguably still is a niche, it’s a huge niche. It’s a niche that’s on fire. So it’s a force to be reckoned with, and it needs to be watched very very carefully, because it can easily go from being the biggest niche to the mainstream, to the dominant force in the industry, just like that.”
…Paul believes it’s only a matter of time before VR porn has its moment.
“It’s not an if, it’s a when,” Paul says. “The technology is only gonna get better, smaller, more high quality. At some point in our lives, we’re gonna be in some sort of Star Trek holodeck, you know? It’s just a matter of time. Even if there’s, let’s say, more than a lull — let’s say there’s kind of a drought, and some of the big manufacturers aren’t pushing it as much — we’re still gonna support the technology because it’s just a matter of when.”