While browsing your favorite porn site lately, you may have noticed a new category of videos. Can you guess what it is? That’s right, you knew it wouldn’t be long… VR porn is finally here!. Now watch your favorite videos (some even filmed in 360) while pretending to play along! ‘Strap on’ your VR headset, block out the world around you, and turn your head to watch the couple next to you in all their bone-filling clarity of HD.
While it was only a matter of time, is VR porn really that much different than watching porm videos on your laptop like you usually do? Well for one, I suppose it could be more private. No one can see the screen that you’re looking at, nor hear the sounds in your headphones (unless you’ve really got it cranked). Now what about the quality? Viewed without VR, the video looks stretched, bloated and even blurry. But with VR… well some videos are still blurry, but that’s just the quality of the filmmaker/uploader. Some are filmed in 360, allowing you to look all around the virtual room that you happen to be in, to see all of the half naked and fully exposed people around you. Though most of the videos online are filmed in just 180 degrees, meaning you can look up and down a bit, a little to the left and right, but nothing past the edges of the screen.
There aren’t many videos online yet, but being as porn is one of the largest category of websites on the internet, I’m sure that they’ll rack up fast enough. This is an all new method to filming porn after all, and arguably the biggest thing to happen to the porn industry since the introduction of POV, and people seem to be excited about it. Searching around websites for reviews of VR headsets, there seems to be no shortage of reviews claiming “…yes, the porn is amazing” despite most websites trying to remain family-esque and deleting such responses.
Porn isn’t the only industry trying to jump on the VR bandwagon. After the introduction of VR pictures, videos, and video games, Hollywood is up next. “Hardcore Henry” is the first movie to be shot in first person, or POV (point of view), which is much more engaging for the audience, though sometimes a bit harder to watch. The creators of Hardcore Henry strived to make it feel like you were the main character so much so that they even refrained from having the protagonist speak any dialogue in the movie. He was built bionically with state of the art technology, yet somehow lacks a voice module.
And yes, I know that first person does not equate to virtual reality, but the creators say that they are working on a sequel, which will be shot in VR. This will be one of the biggest releases in Hollywood ever. The first movie intended to be watched entirely in VR will be a piece of futuristic history. It definitely won’t be perfect, however. Directors, producers, and editors are all on a learning curve here. With ‘regular’ movies, directors have ways of directing the audience’s attention, subtly guiding them on where to look on the screen, of what to pay attention to. Doing this in VR however, creates more of a challenge. Afterall, you wouldn’t want anyone watching your movie to turn their heads in the wrong direction and miss out on something important, to be looking in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There’s a whole new art form to movie making emerging, the art of creating movies intended for VR. This means a whole new way of engaging audiences, a whole new way of experiencing a film. It’s more immersive than ever, and this is just the beginning.