New Oculus Go Version Comes With VR Porn

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Pornography and technology have been sensuously intertwined for as long as humans have been knocking around the planet. Victorian sensibilities were scandalized by the truckloads of erotic art found preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. While frescoes and highly imaginative statuary might not seem like high technology by our standards, genuine artisanship and an understanding of perspective was required to create these works. In that sense, Porn-in-a-box’s new product — an Oculus Go headset preloaded with various VR porn clips — is heir to a technosexual traditional dating back millennia. You aren’t just “buying porn” when you pick up this headset for $ 300 ($ 100 more than the Oculus Go’s base price). You’re affirming an essential component of your humanity. You just happen to be affirming it with an “Oh-god-we-hope-it-isn’t-sticky” viewer strapped on your face.

To Porn-in-a-box’s credit, they do have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Porn-in-a-box has partnered with BabeVR, BaDoinkVR, VR Cosplay, and 18VR to distribute their content via its service. The company has promised that new clips will periodically be made available, and has left the backdoor open to a subscription option at some point in the future.

The site offers a variety of subject-based categories, but some content loads are much bigger than others. I will attempt to provide some preview of what awaits you without actually awkwarding myself into an entirely new dimension. The BDSM category has one actual video in it and five videos thrown in to make it look like there’s actual content. Cosplay, on the other hand, is exceptionally endowed, with appearances from various video games, beloved movie characters, anime franchises, and even a handful of real-life individuals. Even the Nintendo game Arms gets the parody treatment. Special recognition to titles like “Assassin’s Breed,” though I’m disappointed “Spreadpool” isn’t used for the Deadpool parody. Also, God help us all, there’s now Bowsette VR porn.

With the exception of a modest lesbian category, all of the included content is heteronormative. Individuals looking for other types of content will have to look elsewhere, at least for now.

The porn industry has been focused on VR as a potential profit-driver for a few years now, and partnerships like this are an attempt to double down on the market. “We expect it to serve as a major gateway to our content,” said BadoinkVR head of production Xavi Clos in an interview with Variety last year. “The Oculus Go is the perfect porn device.”

There’s no word yet on whether Facebook thinks it’s okay to sell an Oculus Go preloaded with smut. As Variety notes, the Oculus terms of use preclude the promotion of “sexually explicit, abusive or obscene content,” but the company has previously said it does not wish to police what people watch or do in the privacy of their own homes.

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