Porn content will determine the future of VR

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US technology blog VentureBeat recently published a series of recent data show that pornography will promote the development of virtual reality. In the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Sony PS VR, Sony's products may face a disadvantage. Technology experts have long pointed out that pornography is a key factor in enabling users to accept new technologies. Although the influence of pornography is often exaggerated, it now appears that many people in the decision to buy consumer electronics products will consider adult content. The development of virtual reality technology will be the case.

Data analysis company SimilarWeb reported that the provision of virtual reality adult movies and software sites have aroused strong interest in users. At present, Oculus, HTC and Sony are preparing to launch high-end virtual reality equipment, and porn sites are also exploring some of these equipment support. From January to November 2015, 2.7% of the Oculus Rift and Oculus sites came from pornographic sites. And with the virtual reality device used by mobile phones Homido, the company's 51.4% traffic comes from the porn site virtualrealporn.com.

Considering the user's interest in virtual reality pornography, this level of reference traffic data is reasonable. In 2015, sites focused on virtual pornography grew rapidly. This includes virtualrealporn.com, BadoinkVR and SexLikeReal. If you focus on the top 10 traffic sites, then from January to November last year, the total flow increased by 202%. Among them, the highest traffic in October last year, with 3.24 million visitors visiting these sites.Porn content will determine the future of VR

Virtual reality pornography movies and software are evolving along with remote sex technology. Companies like Pornhub are trying to combine virtual reality with remote sex and develop products such as Twerking Butt VR. SimilarWeb said that the launch of this product is very successful, there are 91 million people have visited the Twerking Butt website.

Later this year, users will be able to get multiple options, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PS VR. The price of these devices may be high, for example, we already know that the price of Rift will be $ 599. But at the moment we do not know how the software libraries and user friendliness of these devices will be.

But we already know that it is easier to play pornographic content on Oculus Rift relative to PS VR.
This is due to the fact that Sony's virtual reality devices need to be connected to the PS4 host and can only run Sony-approved software. While Sony is likely to ban virtual reality porn applications.

On the other hand, Oculus has confirmed that the Rift platform will be open. At the E3 show in June 2013, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said that Rift would not block software that some people looked as inappropriate.

HTC Vive has not yet made an open platform commitment. But also take into account the HTC Vive also need PC support, it should be able to run any compatible SteamVR development kit software.

Therefore, PS VR will be a strange device. Taking into account the signs that users need virtual reality pornography, in the long run, this restriction will be detrimental to the development of PS VR.