Man at His Best

Trying Virtual Reality Porn Is Like Losing Your Virginity All Over Again

The revolution is coming.

BY LUKE JOHNSON | Mar 1, 2016 | Technology

Virtual reality is about to change sex for good. I just had my first experience with VR porn, and it was as fun, exciting, and scary as The First Time.

But unlike that momentous event, this one didn't happen in a teenage bedroom: my VR 'V' plates were taken in an outdoor cafe at the world's biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress. (Never has that name seemed more ironic.)

With the help of adult entertainment site and VR porn pioneers Naughty America–and a Samsung Gear VR headset–I put down my coffee and in seconds found myself looking down at a ripped torso that clearly wasn't mine and a frankly intimidating jumbo man handle.

VR porn: What it's actually like?

And I wasn't alone. Completely unknown to the crowds around me, I was joined by two naked girls who quickly set upon the johnson-that-wasn't-mine-but-kind-of-was in a remarkably lifelike scenario. (I mean in the sense of real life happening, not plausibility. This was porn, after all.)

The scenes feature serious visual depth and three-dimensionality. My mind told me to reach out and touch, but my invisible arms were grabbing nothing but air. With the ability to move my head and look around the 180-degree field of view, it's a classic case of look but don't touch, but that didn't really matter to the experience. Probably a good thing given where I was. In an instant, porn had transformed from a passive to an interactive experience.

By the time the second scene rolled round I was starting to feel like I was viewing it through my own eyes. The first-person perspective (PoV, in porn terms) meant I was no longer just watching porn, I was experiencing it too. This was my gym-toned body. My "partner's" genitals were mere inches from my face. My brain felt like it was adapting to a new body and sensations, and when the "talent" made eye contact, VR porn wasn't just immersive, it became genuinely intimate.

VR porn: The down side

But VR porn raises more than your heart rate–it raises moral dilemmas too. Despite being nowhere near a physical woman, the reality of the experience made me feel guilty. How would my girlfriend react knowing what I'd been getting up to at work? At what point do you have to consider it cheating?

Then there's the issue that most of the "material" is about the male, heterosexual gaze (as usual). There's simply very little available yet for women (or men) who want to experience VR porn from a female or gay (or both) perspective, a fact that Naughty America puts down to lack of demand.

But that might change with time. Just as the Internet has facilitated some (small) steps towards serving women's demand for pornography as well as men's, VR will inevitably create its own market. Porn is no longer just about titillation, it's about experience. Fans of 2D smut who sample VR will simply never be able to go back. Like, ever.

VR porn: So where can I try it?

You can get any number of headsets to slot your smartphone into, from Google Cardboard at the cheap end to Samsung Gear VR, and view material at naughtyamerica.com, as well as other providers like Badoink.vr, all of whom generally require a subscription. And as you can't get the dedicated apps in regular stores, you'll have to download via these websites.

Published in Esquire US.