Hologram is a VR startup based in Cambridge in the UK. So what’s unique about this newly released VR headset? You don’t need to have a phone or computer to use it. However, if you’re looking to watch anything but porn then the VRotica headset isn’t for you. Currently Hologram is only offering porn for your viewing pleasure via the headset.
As of June 2017 the headset has been available for $220. If you order just the VRotica headset you can expect to have six preloaded videos. Viewers can also buy more content if they like on a per-title basis. While they don’t currently offer content from outside studios there are big plans in the works for Hologram’s VRotica headset.
Right now you can get access to x-rated 3D VR content when you purchase a VRotica headset. Hologram is granting access to Badoink, a studio that has currently produced more than 300 videos. So you can watch the six preloaded videos, buy additional titles, and access content on Badoink when you purchase a VRotica headset. But you won’t be able to download or view content from other studios just yet.
In the near future Hologram expects to meet many goals. One of them is to sell content from other studios and user-generated uploads rather than just the additional titles they currently offer. By the end of this year they plan to have over 1,000 videos available. Over time VRotica users can be hopeful for live streaming ability as well as basic adult games from Hologram.
Porn and VR have been a powerful combination for quite some time already. Since 2013 when the Oculus was released the adult entertainment industry has been getting a foot in the virtual reality door. While there are many VR headsets that allow you to view x-rated or adult content you won’t be able to get the content from the manufacturers. In fact the majority of manufacturers for VR headsets have closed the option for porn studios to partake in their content and app stores.
When this happens you have to get the content elsewhere like your phone or computer. You have to then download it, figure out how to transfer it to your VR headset and actually play the video. This is definitely tolerable to get some quality viewing pleasure in but just imagine being able to instantly watch a video, without your phone or computer…Hologram has made that possible.
All-In-One VR Headset
The VRotica will offer the ability to control and interact with the content via simple buttons located on either side of the headset. No need for your computer or phone to use the headset. Variety was actually able to get an exclusive look and review the VRotica. The playback quality of the video is adequate, it offers 83 degrees field-of-view and has a display resolution of 2960×1440 pixels.
What About the Videos?
The VR porn industry seems to follow a basic formula when it comes to producing videos. They typically film one of the actors (sometimes female but typically male) that is sitting or lying down. The individual actor is filmed from the chest down so it’s like you’re there, experiencing what the actor is experiencing. Another actor appears (typically the female by not always) and begins undressing and playing out the scene. These particular videos give a POV experience that many desire when watching 3D porn.
The majority of the action in the video takes place in the center field-of-view of one of the actors. So your head never has to move around while taking in this one of a kind experience. Many VR videos are recorded as 180-degrees videos including both adult and non-adult videos available today.
VRotica vs. HTC and Lenovo Standalone VR Headsets
Hologram’s VRotica headset doesn’t require a phone or computer and soon there will be more standalone headsets for consumers to consider. Both Facebook and Google have officially announced that development for standalone headsets have begun. Later this year consumers can expect to have access to standalone Daydream devices by Lenovo and HTC.
These new standalone headsets will almost certainly be superior to the hardware of VRotica. Unfortunately, more features will mean more money. It will take some time to find out if there is a large market for standalone VR headsets like the VRotica so for now Hologram is focused and ready to give viewers what they want.