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iDisrupted Author Suggests VR Porn will Drive Adoption

The topic of pornography has been coming up fairly regularly in the virtual reality (VS) industry of late. Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator made the news at the 2015 Silicon Valley VR (SVVR) Conference & Expo last month when founder Palmer Luckey stated that Oculus VR would not block content such as VR porn that is developed for the device. This came as little surprise to VR fans that have been enjoying this status quo ever since the release of the first development kit (DK1). But now the author iDisrupted, a book on disruptive tech, has stated that VR porn will actually drive consumer adoption.

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John Straw, who co-authored iDisrupted along with Michael Baxtor, recently said as much in a statement. “What will drive standard adoption again is porn,” Straw explained. “The prospect of making porn that immersive and interactive for the porn industry is simply huge.” The popular example of VHS vs. Betamax was referenced once more, with the latter beating the former in a format war that was largely credited to the porn industry adopting VHS. Luckey himself touched upon this at SVVR, though noted that it wasn’t the only reason one might win a format war.

There are various companies working with VR pornography right now, although these efforts likely won’t be launched until the Oculus Rift and other HMDs have been released to consumers. The latter is looking to release in Q1 2016 at this point in time while Valve and HTC’s Vive PC-based HMD is preparing to ship before holiday 2015. Could the arrival of these devices really signal a revolution for the porn industry?

iDisrputed is available for purchase now both in hardback and on Kindle. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-related updates, reporting back with the latest on them.