Virtual Reality is the latest trend in online porn with VR sites climbing the rankings of the online adult sex markets. With the cost of the technology needed to create a VR experience falling, the reality of live sex cams available with full stereoscopic streaming vision is now here.
Though still an emerging market, there are several sites now offering cam shows in VR, either with a full selection of cam models or featured shows programmed at regular intervals.
This year we can expect to see a wider uptake of the technology both in terms of the amount of cam models offering the service but also as the viewing audience adopts the headset viewing format.
Virtual Reality porn videos have been around for over a decade now and the quality of the viewing experience just keeps on getting better and better.
Professional studios invest in high-quality VR cameras and develop new filming techniques to bring the audience even closer to the action. The equipment needed to do this at a high-resolution is still very expensive but recent advances have produced home equipment that can do a pretty good job when it comes to streaming live footage.
VR innovators, Terpon have developed a camera that can be used at home to deliver a 200 degree field of view, 3K resolution and 30fps. The Hermes Performer cam is hoped to revolutionize the way sex cam models broadcast their services.
To boost both their own profile and that of VR camming, the company has given away 1000 of these devices to popular and up-and-coming cam models. In an effort to raise the take-up of VR in the camming industry (Note: see our full cam site guide here), cameras can be rented in order to keep costs low.
A higher spec camera is also available but costs a lot more to rent. This 4K studio quality device offers a rate of 60fps.
Apart from the cost of the cam rental, broadcasting in VR doesn’t cost any more than traditional cam streaming with most modern computers and laptops possessing sufficient processing speed to cope with the additional demands. However, minimum internet connection speeds do apply but these are not dissimilar to regular 2D streaming.
Of course, broadcasting in VR is only half the story with the viewing audience required to have a compatible headset device. Requirements for viewing devices varies by provider but most of the big-name brands (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear etc) are supported.
You can buy a good headset from around $300-$400 although you can use cheaper solutions such as the Google Cardboard headset. Though an inferior quality experience, these low-cost devices can be picked up for under $5.
Current VR Sex Cam Sites
With the VR porn industry predicted to be generating $150 billion in profit by 2020, sex cam sites are keen to take a slice of the action. There are a couple of true adult VR cam sites already on the market with new entrants joining the mix all the time.
A partner site to the Virtual Porn 360 site, Peep 360 offers a fully immersive 360 deg video format live cam chat service. At present, they have only a dozen cam models who are operating with the service (only two online at a time), but the initial quality looks good.
You can switch between VR and standard mode when viewing the channel and you can access pre-recorded chat messages to interact with the models in group mode.
Private chats offer a greater degree of personal interaction and you can use voice communication to control this element of the site.
A Spanish company, Peep360’s girls are all pretty hot but you are restricted by the small numbers in terms of variety.
You can try the site out for free though private chats are via a credit system which roughly works out to around $2/minute.
CamSoda currently only broadcasts a single VR channel with events being pretty sporadic. However, you can sign up online to receive notifications of the next broadcasts.
Typically the shows feature multiple models and sometimes have a big-name porn star to boot.
The show is free to watch but as in traditional cam streaming, the girls respond to tipping and your experience is greatly enhanced by interacting with the performers.
The VR feed has been streaming since 2015 and is a popular room when a broadcast is live but we expect to see more channels added in 2018.
Working with VR technology developers VRTube, Cam4VR is the virtual reality offering from the popular Cam4 site. The main adult cam site has been operating since 2007 and it brings this experience to bear when producing a seamless environment for viewers to interact with VR models.
The VR service was launched in 2016 and the initial reviews are good.
The experience is fully immersive with 360 deg technology and you can even benefit from this without any need for a headset. Standard view mode allows you to pan around the room and choose your view.
Voice to Voice technology makes the whole experience even more realistic and this really comes to bear when you are in a private chat room.
There isn’t a huge number of models broadcasting at any given time to choose from but you should be able to select from at least two.
Payment in group mode is via tipping but private chats cost around 18 tokens a minute which works out at about $2.50 per minute.
Virtual Real Cams
The team behind the first VR porn website, Virtual Real Porn, bring this channel promoting irregular broadcasts of cam girls in VR mode. Much like Peep360, you can join in a group session to watch live shows. There hasn’t been a broadcast for a while but rumors are that the site is gearing up for a big revamp so stay tuned.
Sites to Watch in 2018
With innovations from the likes of Terpon bringing the cost of VR technology within the reach of more cam models, we can expect to see this kind of broadcasting being adopted by some of the big-name sites. Bonga Cams and Chaturbate are both rumored to be investigating how it can expand its services to the virtual reality markets. We can expect other popular cam sites to follow suit in 2018 including Im Live, Live Jasmin and X Cams.
The site AliceX promised a VR cam streaming service in 2016 which would provide a virtual reality girlfriend experience but has yet to deliver on this. There is some suggestion that 2018 could bring this promise to fruition so watch this space.
Overall, 2018 promises to bring some further development in the field of VR sex cam sites and we can expect to see a wider and more diverse range of cam models able (and willing) to bring us yet further in to their world with VR technology.
Featured image via Cam4 VR