Viewing virtual porn is vastly different than watching a film onscreen — and it's fairly impossible to describe. Naughty America's shorts are filmed with a 180-degree field of vision, rather than the usual 360 degrees of other virtual endeavors, That makes it easier for the company to stitch together the footage and avoid noticeable seams that can be jarring in live-action virtual reality. Actresses who barely top 5 feet in the real world tower over the viewer — and the experience in the scenes (of which there are two dozen at present, with many more on deck) adds an increased feeling of voyeuristic immersion.
With AliceX, the "Camgirls" are positioned into a green screen, 360-degree environment, letting the client or the actress choose the background. Viewers can communicate back and forth via a headphone and monitor, but there's a lag, so the lip movements don't sync with the sound in the headphones. As with Naughty America's offering, the models are filmed up close, but the frame rate of the broadcast is a bit less consistent, which lead some users to feel nausea, a common virtual-reality issue.
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The most frustrating thing for users, though, will be the black bar at the bottom of the screen that shows available credits and account standing. Its positioning can block out significant parts of the actress' body, which would likely be infuriating for people paying $8 per minute.
Either way, while the novelty of seeing adult entertainment in a virtual environment will certainly lure some people, the adult industry is, like Hollywood, still trying to figure out how to truly take advantage of the medium when it comes to filming. At present, porn companies are using the same basic techniques used in standard films, which doesn't fully utilize the technology's potential.
That's an issue that will likely be determined as the hardware providers shake out in the years to come.