Naughty America: Without VR Porn PlayStation VR Could Fail

As virtual reality (VR) has grown over the past few years, the inevitable debate surrounding VR porn has also intensified. Porn could stand to be a huge factor in the success of the new technology and you can expect to see this sort of content quickly appear on PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). PlayStation VR, however, is said to be the ‘big elephant in the VR porn room’, according to a leader in the porn industry that suspects that consumers will ‘put their weight behind another contender’ if a ban is put in place.

PlayStation VR headset

Naughty America CIO Ian Paul said as much in a recent interview with The Daily Star. “The big elephant in the VR porn room is Sony’s PlayStation and the firm has been burned twice before by not allowing adult content,” he said. “If you look at VHS versus Betamax, Sony lost because of their refusal to support the adult industry. Sony then backed Blu-Ray over HD DVD and in the eleventh hour they finally conceded to allow adult entertainment which helped them win the HD movie battle.

“So it proves the adult industry could be a tiebreaker when it comes to these situations. Hopefully Sony won’t make the same mistake because, otherwise, the adult industry and consumers are going to put their weight behind another contender,” Paul concluded.

Although it would likely be very profitable for Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) to include porn on PlayStation VR, Sony’s wider history with the industry makes it seem doubtful that this will happen, at least through official channels. Perhaps if the company were to allow 360 video play back through internet browsers then users could get access to content this way, but the chances of SCE allowing a specific app for porn on its console seems doubtful.

SCE’s kit is yet to receive release details, although they’ll hopefully be shared during a presentation on 15th March 2016 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on PlayStation VR.

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