Oculus Will Turn a Blind Eye to VR Porn

By Nick Cowen on at

While gaming seems to be the Oculus Rift's main focus, developers have earmarked the VR headset for a host of other applications, so it's no surprise that the porn industry is interested in the device. After all, if the movie Strange Days is to be believed, who wouldn't want to be that close to some sexual action, if they're having trouble getting any action, so to speak?

Whatever concerns the moral tubthumping brigade may have – and however freaky the experience of watching porn through a VR headset may be – Oculus doesn't share them. The Rift developer has no intention of preventing the adult entertainment industry from using its VR headset as a platform for its salacious wares.

Unlike a lot of big tech companies who balk at the idea of porn appearing on their platforms or devices – or actually move to block such content, like Oculus's parent company, Facebook – Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey says that the developer is keen on keeping the Rift completely open.

“The Rift is an open platform. We don’t control what software can run on it,” Luckey said at a panel discussion at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference, "and that’s a big deal.”

That having been said, Variety reports that some other members on the panel on Monday were a little less interested in discussing the Rift's applications for X-rated material. Nick DiCarlo, the Samsung VP in charge of its VR business said that the company was more interested in bringing mainstream content to the device through Milk VR.

The Oculus Rift is set for release early in 2016.