Whether you like it or not, the VR porn market is big, like, closing in on billion-dollar big. So, it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that with the growing augmented reality industry, AR porn is starting to become a thing.
The rise of VR porn has proven that there is a very welcoming place for headset based adult film. Being up close and personal with the models of your dreams, so close and so real you could almost reach out and touch them. It was like an entirely new dimension of adult entertainment just appeared overnight and many of us couldn’t wait to log in to our Amazon accounts, order a VR headset and dive head-first into an immersive virtual reality porn video.
There’s no doubt about it, VR porn is serious business, and the statistics show that it’s something that isn’t going to go away any time soon. But the technology isn’t perfect, far from it. In fact, it’s riddled with faults that eliminate the possibility of viewers enjoying truly immersive experiences.
The Advantages of AR porn
The thing that catches my attention with AR porn, particularly the 3-dimensional kind, is you can enjoy the show from the perspective of your choosing. Unlike virtual reality where you’re grounded to a specific spot and at the mercy of the camera angle, augmented reality offers maximum freedom and the ability to move unrestricted in your very own erotic entertainment.
With AR, there is no camera angle. Your line of sight is effectively the camera which opens the doors to an unparalleled number of realistic experiences. The experience isn’t defined by a flat pre-recorded video, but rather a 3D model running in real-time.
This means you can stand up, walk around the model and see her from any angle you wish while she gives you your very own private performance behind the closed doors of your bedrooms. You don’t have to get into the position of the male actor in the video, whether that be sitting on a chair, laying on a bed or whatever else. You can comfortably watch the show without that nagging feeling that you’re not mimicking the actors positioning to a tee, feeling more and more as time goes on that you’re wired up to the electric chair awaiting your execution.
Ah, the dreaded motion sickness. You know what I’m talking about. You’re halfway through a virtual reality porn scene, steadily closing in on the climax when suddenly you can feel your dinner re-emerging from the pit of your stomach. It’s not exactly the part of the experience you look forward to the most. And something you’d probably prefer doing without.
Fortunately, AR porns format means this doesn’t need to be an issue. This is because you’re not looking at a visual representation of yourself while moving in a digital environment. Rather, the digital aspect is moving within your real-world environment and there is no visual representation of yourself.
Remember, In AR, your body is your own which means your brain isn’t receiving conflicting sensory signals which can lead to motion sickness. The whole time you’re not being bombarded with feelings of dizziness and nausea means you’ve got more time to enjoy the show without feeling like you’re one move away from blindly vomiting on your lap.
My Experience With AR Porn, And Realising That it Too Isn’t Perfect
I recently discovered an augmented reality app via AR Porn Tube. The app, named Holograms, has been developed by popular VR porn studio Naughty America. You can choose between a modest selection of around 13 digitally created 3D virtual avatars which are created using volumetric data, capturing the bodies, movements, and voices of the selected adult stars.
The models are positioned in your physical environment and each puts on a short erotic performance. There are animations involving swinging around a stripper pole, there are scenes where the models are down on all fours shaking their breasts, plus various other kinky animations.
After messing around with a handful of models in the app, it became apparent that AR porn isn’t without its own set of problems. I mean, the model was performing in my physical environment, but, it was clear that she wasn’t actually ‘there’.
The lighting and shading of the model didn’t match with that of my real-world environment. It’s not like VR or even traditional porn where the entire scene is filmed on a studio set. Only the model is recorded under the lighting of the studio at the time of recording. When this is taken and put into your physical environment, you’re trying to match two entirely different settings together which is seemingly a near-impossible task.
And in terms of graphics, we’re not exactly taking a stroll down the uncanny valley. If anything, it was more like looking at an early version of a Playstation 2 game coming to life. Like entering a Grand Theft Auto Vice City strip club, only in 3D, in my bedroom and without the guns, violence, and threat of gang members.
Another thing I realized is that viewing the model with my half-open closet and evening news playing in the background hardly enlightens a state of fanaticism, more like hiring a cheap, end of the month hooker for a 15-minute quicky.
All in all, there are benefits and disadvantages to both AR porn and VR porn. Virtual reality porn is unique in that it offers the ability to be transported into foreign and luxurious locations that we very likely wouldn’t have seen otherwise. This is something that will always make VR porn interesting and separate it from any other form of adult film. But AR porn offers something different entirely which VR simply can not provide.
For now, it’s just a waiting game until AR porn explodes, and that time will eventually come once the augmented or mixed reality headset market picks up. But until then, I’ll be in my room, with my VR headset…