Metaverse Porn – VTubers And The Future Of The Adult Metaverse

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The metaverse is the future of the internet. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely read or heard those words a few times recently. But is it just hype, and what part will sex and porn play in it? Respected analysts, as well as the leading tech giants, believe that the metaverse is more than just hype, and will likely be worth trillions of dollars within a decade or so, as it becomes as ubiquitous as the (2D) internet is today. And just as we quickly discovered that ‘the internet is for porn’, so too will the metaverse (or as some have already tagged it – the ‘metaperverse’). There is no doubt that there will be a naughty side to Mark Zuckerberg’s grand vision, an adult metaverse that will be massive and that will generate billions of dollars each year. The question is – what will it look like?

Currently, when you plug into your virtual reality headset, and you want to get your rocks off, 99% of the time your choice will likely be to visit your favorite VR porn site, and play a recorded live action video featuring a real actress. VR porn today is essentially just an extension of traditional 2D porn, except that it’s in 3D, and the head tracking combined with the POV of the male actor, works to create an illusion that you are the man in the scene having sex with the actress. However, you have no control over anything, other than moving your head 180 degrees.

This is not really what the metaverse, and the adult metaverse, will be about. As Zuckeberg and others envision it, the metaverse will be a place where we all work, study, and play together, interacting as embodied avatars. The avatars, although realistic, may or may not be ‘true to life’, in terms of being faithful representations of the physical appearance of the individuals behind them. So this is quite different to ‘being inside a video’, which is what most of today’s VR porn consists in.

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Projekt Melody – live anime adult VTuber

For an idea of what to expect from an x-rated side of the metaverse, I suggest we look at the growing trend of VTubers (short for ‘virtual YouTubers’). These are individuals who live stream, not as themselves, but as computer generated avatars. This seems to be a trend that began in Japan 7 or 8 years ago. Increasingly these VTubers make use of ever more advanced and accessible motion capture tracking technology, including both facial and body tracking, to live stream as moving avatars. It’s a fast growing phenomonenon, and of course, it has a correspondingly popular x-rated side to it. You may remember ‘Projekt Melody‘, launched in early 2020 by the adult webcam company Chaturbate. A cute anime avatar girl, she quickly acquired tens of thousands of followers on both the Chaturbate platform and Twitch. It was claimed at the time that Melody was a fully autonomous AI avatar, but that was just marketing from Chaturbate. She was, in fact, the first truly popular adult VTuber.

Adult VTubers will likely become even more widespread and popular soon, given a recent press release made to the adult industry last week. ViRo Playspace and LewdTube announced that they have jointly launched ViRo Live Studio, described as the first “VTuber” solution for adult cam performers. According to the press release, ViRo Live Studio enables any cam performer to “fully express themselves as a virtual avatar.” This includes anything from “naughty smiles” to “full body motion”. They also offer webcam models the “Vex Helmet,” a helmet with a phone mount, designed to help the face-capture process track a performer’s facial expressions. You can get an idea of what adult VTubing looks under their platform in the YouTube video below.

Is the growing phenomenon of adult anime VRTubers merely a fetish, or a real indication of how adults will interact for sexual fun in the metaverse? Some would be surprised already that there are thousands of (mainly) men, willing to pay to get their rocks off in the company of 3D avatar girls who may bear no resemblance whatsoever to the individual behind them (who many not even be a female). But perhaps it wont surprise anybody soon, and we’ll all be comfortable expressing ourselves as avatars of our own choosing, and interacting with and identifying others – and even fucking them – on the basis of their chosen avatars, rather than their real physical appearences. Such a world could be a kind of sexual utopia, with everybody allowed to be as beautiful and sexy as they choose, and individuals pairing up on shared personality and sexual taste – of which the choice of avatar is an expression of.

In whatever form it eventually does take, it’s perhaps unlikely that the adult metaverse will be officially part of Zuckerberg’s Meta owned metaverse. However, this might not be set in stone, as only this week it was revealed that the company had quietly added the option of ‘18 and over‘ tags to user created Horizon Worlds, in a move that allows some things into the metaverse – such as partial nudity – that was previously forbidden. This appears to be Meta testing the waters, and gauging what if any kind of backlash from the morality police will result from making their platform more adult friendly. One thing that Zuckerberg knows for sure is that if Meta did attempt to preserve their metaverse as squeeky clean, then another more liberal tech brand would step in with a naughtier alternative, and potentially stake a claim to becoming THE trillion dollar metaverse.

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