The best headsets for watching VR porn or playing adult VR games

Step aside 2D porn, there’s a new dimension in town: 3D virtual reality porn. But different kinds of VR porn require different hardware or headsets.

If you want to immerse yourself in a VR video game, you’ll want to shell out a lot more than, say, an Oculus Go that lets you watch KinkVR from bed for less than $200. Then again, you may already have the equipment necessary to start watching VR porn. For example, if you own a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, then congratulations: Your PSVR headset is VR porn-ready.

So if you’re eager to learn how to watch adult content in virtual reality, or if you want to know which VR headset is best for each kind, read on for our recommendations.

What are the different kinds of virtual reality porn?

Generally speaking, the best VR porn is 3D. This means each lens inside a user’s VR headset sees a different image, whereas 2D VR porn shows users the same image in both lenses.

Non-interactive VR porn is shot with a series of cameras for either 180 or 360 degree-viewing, usually in high definition resolutions like 4K, 5K, or 6K. When done correctly, high-end adult VR content makes the viewer feel like they’re really getting laid by a buff dude, having sex with a cheerleader, or bottoming for Widowmaker during strap-on sex.

Meanwhile, interactive virtual reality media allows for “virtual sex,” that is, a form of sexual contact where the user interacts with another (real or fictional) person through tech devices. This commonly involves VR controllers or sex toys that connect with the internet (teledildonics). VR porn games are numerous and feature everything from serving a dominatrix to roleplaying with other VR users over the internet. They’re developed for gaming PCs and generally rely on SteamVR.

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What are the best VR porn headsets?

We’ve simplified things by focusing on three main VR headset categories: the best headset for VR porn videos, VR porn games, and portable VR porn viewing. Your preferred VR porn medium will decide a lot about your VR headset, but not everything.

Here are a few factors to keep in mind while shopping:

  • Application: Do you want to be an interactive VR participant or just a viewer?
  • Space: Do you have enough room to stand, bend, kneel, and place sensors?
  • Budget: How much can you afford, and what features are absolutely necessary for your porn?
  • Dedicated hardware: Do you have a PC or smartphone that’s VR-ready? Do you even need one?

VR porn game fans will need as much physical space as possible to enjoy adult games, as the most popular options on the market invite full-body movement. Dominatrix Simulator, for example, requires players to use all four limbs. Similarly, games like Fallen Angel are best enjoyed by walking around and viewing characters’ actions from various angles. Theoretically, the Oculus Quest should be the best option for playing VR porn games thanks to its wireless design, but Oculus is keen on keeping adult content out of its walled garden. There’s a workaround for that via the Oculus Link, but if you’re planning on mostly VR gaming, stick with a dedicated VR headset for PC instead.

In terms of PC VR headsets, Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality line offers a number of budget-friendly VR sets. These range from approximately $150 to $250 and include offerings from Acer, HP, and Samsung, among others. While these headsets sacrifice some of the bells and whistles seen in the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, they’ll give you an affordable headstart that works decently enough in a tight living space. For an even lower deal, consider grabbing an open box VR headset on eBay (just clean it thoroughly before use!).

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Best high-end VR headsets

If you’re interested in a much more dedicated, high-end VR gaming experience, there are plenty of options. The Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive Cosmos both offer impressive VR experiences at 1280 x 1440 and 1440 x 1700 per eye, respectively. Both already have a sizable VR library thanks to SteamVR, although they’re far from budget-friendly: The Oculus Rift S costs $399, and the HTC Vive Cosmos is $699.

Then there’s the top-of-the-line offering from Valve itself: the Valve Index, which costs $1,000 in total for the headset, controllers, base stations for motion-tracking, and the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx. On the one hand, the Index is literally one of the most immersive and seamless VR gaming experiences available on the market. On the other, it requires an incredibly powerful PC, and it’s worth the price of two Oculus Quests alone.

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Luckily, you don’t need to pay a month’s worth of rent to watch VR porn clips.

The two biggest headset factors for VR porn are screen resolution and comfort, which you can easily accomplish with the Oculus Quest. The Quest offers a 1440 x 1600 pixel resolution per eye, which is even bigger than the Oculus Rift S, and the Quest is completely standalone. That means there are no wires involved to use it: Just navigate to the Quest’s browser and hit up your favorite VR porn site. You can even use the Oculus Link to connect your Oculus Quest to your PC and play PC VR games (including, yes, loads of VR porn). The one downside to the Quest, of course, is its price tag: The 64GB model starts at $399, which is the same price as the Oculus Rift S.

But don’t let the Quest’s sticker shock hold you back: There are plenty of cheap VR headsets available for non-gaming purposes. The Quest’s older sister, the Oculus Go, is a fantastic standalone wireless VR experience in its own right. While the Oculus Go sports a 1280 x 1440 resolution per eye and lacks some of the Oculus Quest’s improved VR tracking features, the Quest’s launch has bumped the Oculus Go down to just $150. For an even lower price, there are plenty of smartphone accessories that turn your iPhone or Android into a portable VR device for $130 or less. Top recommendations include the Pansonite VR headset, MERGE VR’s setup, and the Samsung Gear VR. And for a real dollar-saver, Android users can always check out Google Cardboard, with Google’s official setup starting as low as $15.

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How to watch VR porn on Playstation 4

It’s possible to hook up your PSVR to your PC for VR porn games and videos, and you can even watch VR porn straight from your PS4 console. For the former, you’ll need the Trinus PSVR driver. Meanwhile, VR porn fans watching from their PS4 must download a third-party app for enjoying 3D VR content. Additionally, the PlayStation 4 Pro is a must-have for VR porn, as the 4K-ready console supports higher resolution videos than the standard PS4.

Overall, our headset recommendations can be boiled down to two devices:

  • If you’re largely interested in watching VR porn with some occasional PC gaming, the Oculus Quest is a must-buy.
  • If you’re a diehard PC gamer interested in VR porn games and not much else, and you’re willing to spend a significant chunk of money for the best experience on the market, then go with the Valve Index.

Both options are pricey, but they’re the ultimate investments right now—and sure to hold up as VR content becomes more advanced.

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.