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Pornhub Unveils Free VR Porn Channel (pcworld.com) 91

An anonymous reader writes from an article on PCWorld: Big-name pornography website Pornhub has partnered with BadoinkVR, an early mover and shaker in VR porn, to launch a new section dedicated to immersive adult videos, aka VR porn. "Virtual reality is the next phase in the constantly metamorphosing world of adult entertainment, and will provide users with a mesmeric experience unlike anything they've seen before," Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a press release. "Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favorite porn stars." The videos are roughly five-minute-long trailers designed to hook you on the VR porn experience. If you want the full videos, you'll need to sign up for a subscription with BadoinkVR itself, which will unlock the service's full adult-video selection starting at $20 per month. Pornhub is giving away 10,000 free pairs of branded Google Cardboard VR glasses if you are interested in trying out the experience but lack a VR headset.
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  • Um... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @07:13PM (#51765397)
    ...cue the USB vaginas?
  • into a "pay model" that actually pays.
  • by Chewbacon ( 797801 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @07:29PM (#51765491)

    ...."I still jerk off manually."

  • Going to take a test drive, if you guys haven't seen me post in the next 3 or 4 days send the paramedics ;-) Also, reminds me of the scene in Brainstorm (1983) where the guy splices the brain scan tape into a loop until he's found many hours later... good times!
  • That's actually really good timing. I was wanting to try Google Cardboard but gave up because all the kits are $20+. At least I'll get a chance to try it with the free one. It looks like it has PORNHUB on the front so that won't be for showing my friends and family.
    • Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score:5, Informative)

      by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @11:13PM (#51766605)

      I actually got 3 Google Cardboards during the Verizon/Star Wars promotion and then a 4th when Google was giving them away for free. (That final deal only lasted a short time as people flooded their servers with requests.) My kids and I love them for watching 3D videos, rollercoaster apps, and just browsing Google Street View (go anywhere in the world and Google will show you a 3D panorama view of that location - it's like taking a mini-vacation minus the long plane ride). With the right 3D app and a good set of bluetooth headphones, it can even get quite immersive. It's definitely not as good as an Occulus Rift or another expensive VR headset, but it's very inexpensive.

      Google actually published the specs so you could make one out of about $8 in parts and an old pizza box. Or you could buy a kit for about $10 on Amazon and put it together yourself. I found this one [amazon.com] after a little searching. I haven't bought from that seller so I can't personally vouch for them, but the ratings seem decent. And at least you'll be able to show your friends it without uncomfortable "PornHub?!!!" questions.

    • You can get one for something like $5, shipped via airmail, from China, I know I did.

  • by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @07:54PM (#51765635)

    Alrighty....now that's the kind of innovation and useful technological creativity I've come to expect from the interweb.

    brb, off to buy a VR headset

  • The Pimp-Boy, a personal computing device strapped to the character's wrist, allows the player to access a menu with statistics, anatomical charts, gynecological data, player health, and remaining ammo load. Don't use Pornhub VR without it!

  • I have a couple of smartphones: an HTC One M7 (which can decode sphere mapped stereo videos with 4k x 1.5k res in hardware, but can only do about 5fps), and a newer cheaper smartphone with a full HD screen, and which can only hw decode lower resolution and has inaccurate jumpy gyroscope. I would imagine that things like the Omimo headset are something to watch for in future (where you can either connect to a PC, or stick an sd card with the 3d movie into it and have it play that. But I think we need to let the hardware side mature for a couple of years, and indeed the filming tech. That said, this is probably a far more productive avenue for them to explore than 4k, though 4k porn with interactive zoom (with or without side by side for a headset) would, again, be something to look out for.

    In all these cases, I can see porn blazing a trail in many areas, and other niches of video following them in (for example videos of sports out of the mainstream -- imagine having a 3d 120fps recording of something like a squash match, though tech for this sort of thing isn't there yet). In addition, with regards to the free vs. pay model that is emerging, this is something the entire content industry needs to watch. I think the porn industry is learning that there needs to be sufficient free material to satisfy demand somewhat so as to alleviate the pressure to pirate, and high quality paid material for those willing to pay a little (and at present, for what you can get for about $100, it really is only a little).

    • Tech absolutely is there. s6 runs 3d stereo movies, right?

      And watching squash in 3D the way you imagine sounds like the WORST! You'd constantly be looking around, it would be impossible to follow the action. I love 3D video. But I think they best way to handle it is when the action is generally in one area, and the 3D allows for either atmosphere, or an entirely different area of focus. It's like being in the audience at a concert...even if you generally keep your eyes forward at the singer, it's cool

      • I can't personally comment on squash matches or sports in general but I can picture a market for a 3D VR sports package where you get to experience sitting in the best seat possible at a fraction of the cost. Or front row at a concert instead of having to choose between sitting in the nosebleed seats or draining your wallet dry. I can also picture 3D VR gaming arenas where you compete with other people in live versions of first person shooters. (Think high tech laser tag.) I'm not sure if it's going to

      • by BeeArt ( 3858895 )

        I think the action that pornhub intends to distribute, generally happens in one area.
        Or is that my lack of imagination?

  • While the article mentions 180 and 360 degree *videos* (which we can assume are strictly linear), it blurs the edges by quoting Pornhub's press release that seems to be building it up to be fully-interactive VR:-

    “Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favorite porn stars.”

    Really? "Interact" would suggest that one can partake in some form of activity with them (think we can figure out which) and that they'll respond accordingly. I'd hardly count being able to view different parts of an otherwise fixed video- by moving my head- as "interactive" with the performers in a

  • by jrumney ( 197329 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @08:19PM (#51765801) Homepage
    That explains why my boss suddenly wanted his Oculus headset back yesterday after asking me a couple of days ago to spend 2 weeks evaluating it with the R&D team for ideas.
  • What am I supposed to do with the remaining four minutes?

  • All 10k units are gone.

  • by Shoten ( 260439 )

    This makes me think of one of the funnier things that a friend of mine once said:

    "Watching porn in HDTV was a baaaaaad idea..."

  • Let's hope the NSA does not put a backdoor there!
  • Back in the day I was playing Quake 2 a lot.. a whole lot. One late night I was a mostly empty server chatting with a female (well she claimed to be at least) & she sent me skins that she was using. She kept switching from one to another & I had a epiphany of what the future held. Yes it was late & got a bit weirded out.

    But I really thought that VR porn (hell VR anything) was only a couple years away & we are talking 1998 for christsake. What has taken so freaking long for this tech

  • i've been wondering what they were actually for.

    stupid wankers.

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