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Digital pleasure is complicated.

This story contains sexually explicit content and language.

In the last few years, virtual reality has exploded, putting the action on screens directly in front of our eyes. As with every great technology before it, from the printing press to VHS and DVDs, pornography is at the forefront of innovation. VR porn videos are all over the internet; some are high-quality big budget productions that will blow your mind, while others will make you wonder why they exist.

There’s already a big world of virtual porn out there to explore. But before you invest in an expensive VR rig, you should know the pros and cons of getting off to VR videos. Thankfully we’re professionals, and we can help.

Oculus porn

Let’s start with the basics. In order to actually watch some adult entertainment with a VR twist you need some type of head-mounted display. That can be anything from the pricey Oculus Rift to the much more affordable Google Cardboard, but your experience will definitely hinge on how high-quality your device’s display happens to be as well as the quality of your, ahem, media. For this NSFW outing, I used the Oculus Rift DK2.

This brings us to the first drawback of VR sex: It’s really complicated. It’s not just you, your computer monitor, and a website—it’s you, your computer, your VR headset, about a half dozen cords, two extra programs, and a video that you downloaded instead of streamed. It’s a colossal pain and it’s something you have to actually work on preparing ahead of time, which isn’t how many people like to consume their porn.Not surprisingly, there are only a few options right now for those seeking VR pornography, and they range from low-quality videos that were very clearly shot using hacked-together dual-lense recording equipment to super high-resolution movies that can be several gigabytes in size, each.

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To give myself the best chance of actually enjoying the digital sex I would participate in, I went all-out and dropped a few bucks on a trial membership to Virtual Real Porn (NSFW). This site offers its movies in resolutions as high as 3,000 by 1,500 and features positional head-tracking so you can look around and pretend you’re there, which is really the entire point.

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To be fair, this was simply my experience using the Rift on a Windows computer, and if you’re using a smartphone VR headset with pre-configured apps, it could end up being much smoother. For me, however, it definitely wasn’t anything resembling smooth. Cumbersome porn isn’t good porn.

As far as the actual viewing experience goes, it’s exactly what you’d expect. It’s 3D of course, and while it’s slightly disorienting, looking around the scene is actually really cool, purely from a geeky standpoint. Almost everything in the VR porn market as it currently exists is shot in a POV style, where the camera that serves as your viewpoint is positioned on one of the participant’s heads for maximum immersion.

Are you a guy who wants to please a beautiful woman? Done. Are you a lady who wants her own Channing Tatum-esque dancer? No problem. You can even take on the role of another gender and explore your sexuality a bit—it’s a remarkably freeing experience no matter what you choose. Assuming your VR device has a reasonably high-resolution screen, it’s not difficult to suspend your disbelief and let your mind wander. And it can be thrilling. —Mike Wehner

The problem with VR porn

Speaking of pleasure, let’s talk about the next and perhaps most damning issue I’ve discovered about VR porn: It’s not a great masturbatory tool. Sorry to be blunt, but there it is. This probably goes against what you’d assume, given that I just got done talking about how the experience is fantastic, but there’s definitely a problem here and it all starts with the headset.

Using a head-mounted display means taking two of your most important senses and throwing them into a different realm. You eyes are transported to a virtual world via the headset and your ears—tucked snugly in a headset—follow along. You turn on your X-rated entertainment and your brain tells you your body is engaged, but in reality your body is sitting in front of your computer, and your hand is probably doing something that would mortify anyone who happens to wander by.

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I don’t care who you are, there’s a fantastic chance you know the paralyzing fear that shoots up your spine when you’re watching a smidgen of erotica and you think you hear the door open, a creak from the stairway, or even a random footstep. That feeling is amplified to an insane degree when you can’t actually see or hear what is happening around you, and it’s not an experience that is conducive to self-pleasure. If I lived alone, on my own island, and a plague had wiped out the rest of humanity, I’d be able to enjoy it to its fullest extent and with reckless abandon… but I don’t. —Mike Wehner

VR porn videos

If you’d like to shop around, here’s a quick list of the some of the best sites in the VR porn world.

Virtualrealporn.com

When it comes to finding the right content, you have a wide range of options. Virtualrealporn.com is an industry leader, releasing two new videos a week and featuring compatibility with almost every currently available VR format. It’s subscription-based, but you get eight new videos a month.

With tons of existing content and new videos every week Virtualrealporn.com is the starting place for many users. Their videos support teledildonics, allowing you to connect your sensor to a smart sex toy that synchronizes with the action on screen. They also feature videos across a wide range of interests, so it’s not just traditional straight porn. They offer straight, gay, transsexual, and “for women” options to ensure you never get stuck wanting for more. Each clip is shot in HD and looks great.

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Badoinkvr.com

Another major player in the VR porn world, Badoink VR wants to help you help yourself. If you sign up for a subscription, they’ll send you a free Google Cardboard VR headset to use with your smartphone. No wires, no expensive start-up costs, just use the phone you have. Badoink VR also showcases some of the bigger mainstream porn stars in the world. If you’re looking for your Riley Reid and Tori Black, this is the place to go. High-quality content from the stars you already know. You’ll have to pay a subscription fee for their content.

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Kinkvr.com

Kink is the industry leaders for BDSM, hardcore, and subversive pornography. Its movies aren’t for the faint of heart, but with VR, you can almost feel the whip swinging towards you. Kink supports Oculus, Samsung Gear, and smartphones. It doesn’t have as much content as many of its peers, but Kink is one of the few people focusing on these fetishes at the moment.

Naughty America

Thanks to a rapidly growing library of content and support for smartphones, Oculus, and Samsung Gear, it’s easy to see why Naughty America has started to take off in the VR category. They release two videos a week of high-quality, traditional story-based pornography. You won’t find much outside of the mainstream here, but if you’re just looking for a high-tech take on the porn you grew up on, Naughty America is an excellent place to get it. Like its peers, Naughty America is a subscription service.

Camsoda

Camsoda has a unique take on VR, the Blowcast. With a special Kiiroo Onyx sex toy viewers can not only watch but experience the sensations of receiving oral sex from a cam model. Each video is performed on a special dildo with sensors to ensure you’re feeling what it felt. Amature users can even submit their own videos. The videos cost around $1 apiece after you’ve purchased the $250 Kiiroo Onyx. If you’re looking to not only see but feel virtual reality, and you’ve got the money to burn, Camsoda has an opportunity for you. —John-Michael Bond

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Picking the right headset for VR porn

It comes to VR porn the most important aspect is actually having a VR headset. Models range from $15 to hundreds of dollars, so it’s important to shop around to find the set that best meets your needs. We’ve put together a handy buying guide to help you weigh the pros and cons of each major model on the market today. Check out our guide to the best VR headsets for porn

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VR porn apps for Android and iOS

Now that you have your headset and have found a site that fits your fetishes, you just have one step left before private time can begin. Unless you have a powerful computer or an expensive Playstation VR rig, you’re probably going to be watching your VR porn on your smartphone, which means finding the right app for your device. Here’s our guide to the best VR apps for your smartphone.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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