WankzVR Leading the Pack in VR Porn | June Roundup 2016

WankzVR Winning June 2016

WankzVR Leading the Pack in VR Porn in Our June Roundup,  2016! 

Review by DirtyD


On Set Riley Reid June WankzVR

WankzVR Pulls Ahead

As June 2016 comes to a close and another month of exciting new VR Porn releases is winding down, one studio filming porn in Virtual Reality has risen noticeably among the pack over the last month, and that would be without a doubt, WankzVR.

With well received titles such as Breakfast in Bed, Fuck Me, I'm Famous, Casting Couch VR and the release that made EVERYBODY watching VR Porn in summer 2016 take notice, On Set with Riley Reid, June has seen WankzVR throw down the gauntlet in VR Porn,  and they have proven this month, that many of the key features fans have been asking for in VR Porn over the last 18 months, not only work in VR, they CRUSH in VR.

Breakfast in Bed WankzVR June

Taking Feedback from Consumers

One of the things that WankzVR is using to its benefit here, is the ability to connect directly to their consumer base via developer platforms such as Reddit, as well as their own WankzVR forums that are available for members to use.  WankzVR, are, I believe, the only VR Porn studio with an active forum atm, I could be mistaken here, but I am not aware of any others off the top.

And this direct social interaction is helping to bridge the gap between what consumers want in their end product, VS. what producers are accustomed to doing in the traditional porn business model.  There are studios that are simply buying VR technology, and pointing their cameras at people fucking, and calling it "VR Porn", and there are studios that are actually producing porn that is suited to VR and that builds on the strengths of the medium.  The interesting thing about WankzVR, is that we have been able to watch them essentially morph from one to the other over the last 3 months.

Riley Reid WankzVR June

Early WankzVR Releases

The first batch of movies from WankzVR hinted at definite promise from the studio, with a great roster of fresh babes and  scenes that were technically "solid porn".   That is to say, they had high production values with sets, talent, and much of what you would expect from a major porn studio at this point.  Spending a bit more time on scenario setup, lines, and things that make a movie a movie and not a clip were all part of the presentation.

The main issue with early releases from WankzVR—other than crippling technical problems with world scale and fps— was that they did not particularly play well to the strength of the medium of VR Porn, when consumed in an HMD such as Oculus Rift or GearVR.  The scenes, as traditional porn scenes were good to great, and the girls were amazing, but these scenes were lacking closeness and intimacy, and that is not a mark these studios are used to chasing in traditional porn, which has been focused more on dramatic visuals over the last 10 or 15 years.

Leah Gotti WankzVR June

People...MEN.. asking for closeness and intimacy in porn?

VR turns traditional porn upside down and many of the traditional porn trappings, are having to be tossed right out the window, in favor of things that work in the medium.  Producers are forced into static shots right now, and these shots demand precise positioning from talent to produce a visceral VR experience for the end user.

Deviation in camera height to make room for the male actors head in the way of the camera setup, can have a detrimental effect on the end user that can wind up feeling like the camera is mis-aligned with their on-screen avatar.  The presence of hands that are not in the correct perspective of the observer can be jarring and blow immersion for some viewers.  There are many issues like these that producers of VR porn must contend with and adapt to on the set.

These limitations also make it much tougher to turn the movie into the traditional visual spectacle that is 2d porn, full of zoom shots and quick cuts, assaulting the viewer with one dramatic screen after the next in a barrage of sexual imagery.  A VR Porn movie right now is forced into a much tighter box, and advanced consumers of VR Porn are looking for more than just 2D porn in a high tech headset.  They are looking for VR EXPERIENCES.  Otherwise, the attitude from most is...I would simply just watch 2D porn.

Alex Grey WankzVR June

Whats soo different about VR Porn and why are guys asking for intimacy over spectacle?

There are a few really key differences with VR porn over traditional video porn:

1st person POV

Much of the experience in Virtual Reality strives to put the viewer in the scene.  And when you put yourself into the scene....you expose yourself to EMPATHY.  It is much easier to empathize with a female in VR, where it is much easier to OBJECTIFY a female in 2D, and this is really a radical departure for pornography, which as been more about 3rd person observation up until this point in most formats.  Putting you INTO the scene, opens men up to feelings we have not necessarily associated with masturbation in our lives. Normally, you find the most provocative images you can find that meet your tastes, and take care of business.  The object of your desire at that moment is just that....an object.  In VR, the object suddenly feels like an ENTITY, one that you can almost interact with.

This makes things like slapping a girl, INTENSELY personal, and males that might have tolerated something like that in a 2d presentation, are all of a sudden challenged by their own feelings about such things..."I, would never do that". "that makes me uncomfortable".  It personalizes what has traditionally been a VERY impersonal experience for males when masturbating.

Megan Rain June WankzVR review

Passive vs. Active Males

Males in VR porn, are largely passive. Hell, they are pretty much asked to be motionless zombies!  Males in VR Porn are not supposed to breath, groan, make noise, grab the girl or otherwise react naturally to a sexual situation for a male and that right there, turns the entire porn equation upside down.  The WOMEN in VR Porn, are DRIVING the scenes.  In many cases, the quality of a VR scene revolves around a given performers ability to CONNECT and telegraph their presence through a VR camera, and this is giving rise to a whole new breed of porn star.  Women like Riley Reid are showing that the proper performance, can be the difference between a foul ball and a home run in VR.

Proximity Effect

Current HMD technology limits the distance at which images are effective when viewed in VR, and most consumers want sex in VR to be somewhere around 4 feet or closer.  Much beyond that zone, both the image, and the presence of the performer in the Virtual space are diminished proportionately, till the viewer feels disconnected from the scene and starts to feel like more of an observer.

Inside the 4 foot zone, the image comes alive, and consequently, so does talent when viewed in an HMD.  And the MAGIC, the true VR crack if you will, is what happens when a VR performer actually transgresses your own personal space and invokes involuntary responses from your brain.  You expect to FEEL body heat.  You expect to smell things.  You expect to feel their breath on you.  You all of a sudden.....FEEL intimacy in a video environment, and not only is it intoxicating, but it is a total mindfuck!

Gotti WankzVR Casting

This magic zone, a mere few inches from the camera, is also a technical minefield for producers to try and shoot in.  Placement for something like a kiss, has to be near perfect for it to translate to the viewer in VR, and a variation of just a couple of inches can be the difference between a kiss on the lips or the forehead.  Some camera rigs do not do well up close and suffer from visible distortion and fun-house mirror type effects that render these close shots unusable.

Most studios, and tech guys shooting VR, have thus-far been very reluctant to shoot at this proximity probably due to the high chance of failure involved with the shots, and it is better from a production standpoint, to play things a bit safer and keep talent where they know the image will look decent.

But viewers have been going "get closer" for well over a year now, urging the studios to shoot the girls closer and closer to take advantage of the proximity effect in VR, that when you experience it in an HMD, makes you go WOW, what happened there???  That FELT almost real! 

All of a sudden, things like eye contact, closeness, intimacy, become the more enticing candy, because it is tangible at close range. Sounds more like ideals that women have traditionally espoused right?  Many males find the experience of being face to face, point blank, with a women in VR, even for just 30 seconds, to be far more powerful than watching her fuck 4 feet in front of them.  Because at that range, in that first person perspective, there are some very interesting things going on in VR.  Feelings.  Da fuq???

Fuck_Me_im Famous June Wankz VR

Juuuuust out of reach

For the last 18 months or so, many of these tantalizing new aspects of VR pornography have been just out of reach for consumers. Studios such as VirtualRealPorn would stumble onto diamonds in moments in their shoots that consumers would collectively take notice of and comment on, but the feedback was not captured and capitalized on in many respects. Popular standout movies from VirtualRealPorn such as the Dominatrix and the Rehearsal garnered rave reviews from VR porn consumers, but we have been left remembering the last time a girl whispered in our ear in VR a year ago, or the last time an actress crossed that proximity threshold for a moment.

Changes finally arrived to VR Porn in May/June 2016

One of the first important events in VR Porn in the last couple months was the release of HoloGirlsVR's Get Flix and Chill starring Yhivi in May.  Get Flix represented the first legit attempt by a VR Porn company to film kissing in virtual reality, and the result was a movie that caused a large ripple in the VR Porn pond.  The scene is on it face, a VERY basic sex scene, poorly lit, and hardly a visual spectacle but it left viewers of VR porn that had suspected such a video of having the potential to be very effective, wanting more of the same fruit.

Casting Couch VR Wankz VR Leah

WankzVR followed this up by including kissing in a very intimate scene with Leah Gotti in Casting Couch VR, that got the VR community buzzing about them finally getting the point to bridge the distance between the female performer and the camera, and to keep the action, largely within that golden 4 foot space and closer.

WankzVR then followed Casting Couch VR up with several other releases featuring a renewed focus on shooting up close with kissing sections, such as Fuck Me, I'm Famous, My Best Friends Girl and the up close tour de force that set the current bar for intimacy that was Riley Reid's performance in On Set with Riley Reid.

On Set Riley WankzVR June 26

What made the Riley Reid scene so special?

On Set with Riley Reid, basically served to take the rulebook for shooting VR Porn so far, and largely dispensed with it.  In the course of that movie, Riley sticks everything she has got, directly into that Goldilocks space that breaks your minds sense of personal space. If you love Riley, or if you don't, you cannot help but react to the experience, it is involuntary.  It was like a Virtual ASSAULT, in the best possible sense.  It was an assault on the senses and your bodies signaling systems with regard to personal space, cause Riley Reid put herself all up in it for the better part of 30 minutes.  Reactions ran the gamut from "Best VR Scene EVER", to "holy crap, that was a lot of asshole in my face!"


What the On Set with Riley Reid scene showed, is you can film almost an entire VR porn clip at that range, and have people shit over it, but much of it also depends on the performers ability to sell the performance in VR.  And Riley Reid fucking SOLD that shit.

My Best Friends Girl Wankz VR June

What the big deal about these new WankzVR movies?

For those that have not been consuming VR Porn over the last, almost 2 years for some of us now, the introduction of things such as kissing or moving the camera closer, may seem trivial.  But for many of us that have been watching VR Porn progress or remain stagnant in some cases over the last 18 months or so, these scenes that WankzVR has released in the last 6 weeks or so, are validation of what consumers have been saying and trying to give back in the way of feedback to producers for some time now.  We have been asking for these elements to be focused into a VR Porn production, and we have been lucky to find 30 second shots to relish in various releases from various studios up until now.

Wankz is really the first studio, to make a concerted effort to significantly alter their approach to shooting, in order to become more in line with what the consumer base is asking for, and for that, they must be commended.  The first couple months with WankzVR were REALLY, REALLY rough, but they are proving to those that have stuck around and waited for technical improvements to come, that they are capable of producing not just top end Porn, but top end VR Porn.

Eyeballing the Competition

Virtual Taboo Macy June

Virtual Taboo

Virtual Taboo, who maintain a very active dev presence on Reddit as well, have been moving in this direction as fast as their indie shooting schedule is allowing, and the camera placement from early Virtual Taboo shoots, to the current ones, is much different.  In much the same way that WankzVR started shooting a bit too far out, Virtual Taboo are also becoming aware of where the magic VR shots are and have recently released 2 very intimate videos, Macy Solo Fun and Russian Room Service  featuring some very natural kissing from a fairly amateur girl Macy, and some really nice close up facial footage.  Their cameras have been creeping in closer and closer with every release and with some exciting known talent coming up, Virtual Taboo should be very interesting to watch in July and August on the intimacy front as Dev feedback on Reddit indicates this is something they want to continue to pursue and develop.

Amarna Miller June VirtualRealPorn

VirtualRealPorn

VirtualRealPorn, the oldest and most established brand in VR Porn, has recently made some changes in order to increase the presence of the girls in the shots, and this has been met with largely a thumbs down by most consumers, who feel that the scale is now significantly larger and off at VirtualRealPorn. The camera has been placed closer to the female performer, but this is resulting in an increase in scale, and a camera position on your male avatar, that feels like you are viewing much of the action from your chest, instead of your head.

It is obvious that VirtualRealPorn is listening to feedback and watching the other studios, with the recent all-close-up free compilation clip released by the studio and the re-introduction of whispering in both Bondage Girl with Amarna Miller,  as well as in todays release with Ivana Sugar, Friend Request.  Bondage Girl was a very intimate scene, but also displayed the issues of increased scale and bad camera placement.  The girls are closer, but your avatar perspective is skewed and that ultimately seems to kill immersion for many viewers right now.  I was really happy to see the whispering return at VirtualRealPorn however with the Amarna scene,  and today's scene with Ivana, as this is a feature that many of us loved in their early releases that had all but disappeared over the last year. 

Get Flix and Chill HoloGirlsVR June

HoloGirlsVR

HoloGirlsVR.....Where do we start?  Ha ha.  After making waves with Get Flix and Chill with the first real legit GFE attempt in VR to focus kissing, they have released a barrage of ....face-sitting videos .  HoloGirlsVR, who do not sell themselves as a niche site, have been doing fairly niche content over the last 6 weeks, that has many a fan going, "Hey, I didn't sub for face-sitting videos every 3 days, where is the SEX?"

They have similarly been releasing many titles featuring Mistress T, who is SPECTACULAR at what she does, a true ACTRESS, but many will find this to be too niche, and not their cup of everday VR.  The VR fuck scenes that HoloGirls have released in the last 6 weeks, such as the all below the waist action extravaganza that was Double Your Pleasure, where 2 A-list talents were completely squandered in VR, have left many wondering what happened to the gold they hit on with Yhivi and why all the face-sitting focus on a mainstream site as we leave June and enter Summer full on.

CzechVR June

CzechVR

CzechVR have been making some really nice strides lately, with great looking tech and opening a fetish branch to offload more kinky content onto, such as fisting, pissing, face-sitting and anal as well as introducing a moving camera rig into many of their standard solo girl scenes, which, if you can stomach it (I can't, I am very prone to motion sickness) offers some really cool views of the women and there are some very intimate shots.  Due to the afore mentioned motion sickness issues with me, I have not been able to sample much of this solo content personally, as it will leave me nauseous for a good hour after removing the HMD, similar to car sickness, etc.  But CzechVR regularly gets high praise from its sub base, and from what I understand, some of the recent scenes have been doing quite well with moments of intimacy.

Other Players

BaDoinkVR have been largely coasting on their laurels and churning out some VERY boring VR, alongside some great titles such as Latina Ass Shake, but they really don't seem to be going anywhere right now consistently and many viewers seem a bit bored with them at this point.  It often feels like 2 different production teams are being utilized by BadoinkVR, one with style that shoots scenes like Heart Shaped Ass,  and Stepdaughter's Favorite Workout and one that likes to point the VR cam, say action and shoot dry 30 minute cowgirl scenes such as Easter Egg Cunt.

Naughty America is just really solid at what they do right now I would say.  People that love them, love them, and it is kind of right up the middle VR Porn, with some notable exceptions. There are sections such as the negotiation sequence in Call Katrina that are incredibly intimate, and then there is also the last 3rd of that movie where you are completely disconnected from your avatar due to distance. They have really not FOCUSED the up-close thing yet, more touched on it in certain scenes as they film very long movies with scene changes, and they don't seem to be pursuing is as much as some of the other studios as of June.  I however expect Naughty America to make some moves here in the future and would be really surprised if they didn't.  There have been some great, intimate moments with Naughty America VR, they just do not seem to be focusing them as a main element as of yet in most titles.   For instance, the opening sequence in Cyber Sleepover featured some great kissing verging upon close by Sydney Cole and JoJo Kiss, but the studio opted to cut from this, to a bed shot that was beyond the 4 foot range we spoke of earlier, dropping the viewer into the spectator range for a good 5 minutes or more.

Elsa Anya Fuck Me Wankz VR June

More to VR Porn than close-ups, kissing, etc

Now, this article is not meant to imply that up-close VR and trappings such as kissing are the only way to go in VR Porn.  We are just scratching the surface of the potential here, and the movies are almost comically limited when juxtaposed against a traditional video production. It is almost like a silent movie again or something, just very very rudimentary shots, and that means you really have to play to the strengths of your platform, or do something really different.

3rd person voyeur could be really big with folks that like to watch in VR, and this is an area that is not being focused by many right now in favor of POV, but some early attempts at this have been both refreshing and provocative.  There is much room for growth here, and as resolution continues to improve, the achievable depth in shots in VR will continue to be extended.  More advanced features enabled by Virtual Hand controllers and full room tracking as offered by HTC Vive offer other areas the technology has not even wandered into yet.  So there is and will always be more to VR porn than just GFE's and a focus on close up intimacy, and we don't mean to say every studio should bandwagon this.  We are saying however, the movies that are focusing this right now.....are the ones capturing our attention the most in the month of June, such as the WankzVR titles and Virtual Taboo Movies.   Yhivi at HoloGirlsVR was great in Get Flix and Chill, but that one feels like a one-off currently in the face of all the .....facesitting.

Megan Rain Wankz VR June

State of the Art

As for what is working right now?  Summer 2016, on current platforms, in the current marketplace?  WankzVR are proving to be more on the pulse in June than any other VR studio in my estimation, and are poised to open up a little lead here in the space heading into July.  The WankzVR train appears to be moving full steam ahead right now, and most VR Porn consumers will choose to get on board at this point as there is simply very little reason not to.  If you are not watching WankzVR movies in Summer 2016, you are flat missing out on some of the best VR Porn being produced right now.  I can't wait to see the ripple effect with other studios in the coming months!  I have given WankzVR quite a hard time over many of their production issues in past reviews but I also believe in giving credit where credit is due, and WankzVR and the ladies such as Leah Gotti, Riley Reid, Alex Grey, Eliza Jane, Anya Olsen and Megan Rain appearing in this months scenes have certainly earned the accolades.

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