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Like a VRgin: How the Porn Industry is Taking Over Virtual Reality

Like a VRgin: How the Porn Industry is Taking Over Virtual Reality

The real test for any new technology is how quickly it gets picked up by the adult industry. As porn embraces virtual reality, what does that mean for the rest of us? Talking about virtual reality is a bit like “dancing” about “architecture;” we lack the vocabulary to do it properly, and you have to experience it to understand. That quickly becomes evident when watching someone try it out for the first time. People are invariably blown away—they gasp, they laugh, and they usually can’t help reaching out their hands to touch things that aren’t really there. “I’ve been introducing a lot of people to VR over the past few months, and that first experience is incredibly intense,” Ian Paul, Chief Information Officer of Naughty America, tells me as he sets up our demo in a San Francisco hotel room. “But when you’re throwing hardcore pornography at them on top of that, it can sometimes feel like a bit of sensory overload,” he laughs. Paul never quite imagined he’d end up as a world…