A Close-Up Look at the VR Porn Industry [2024 Statistics]

In this article, we’ve covered every facts and statistics that you need to know about VR porn, the VR porn industry, its ups and downs, and more. Read on:

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Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular as headsets become smaller, more portable, and easier to use. With increased VR use comes an increase in VR porn consumption.

In this article, we’ve covered every statistic you need to know about VR porn, the VR porn industry, the ups and downs of the VR industry, and more.

Top VR Porn Industry Statistics You Should Know:

  • Virtual reality porn is viewed through a VR headset or a smartphone fitted into a specialized piece of headgear.
  • VR porn is often also referred to as “360 camera porn” and is shot in a point of view (POV) style.
  • Spending on VR content and apps was expected to reach $3.77B in 2021 globally.
  • In 2021, 17.7% of people were expected to use VR in the US.
  • In 2021, 9.86 million augmented reality (AR) and VR devices were shipped worldwide.
  • Training that incorporates VR reduces the chances of work-related injuries by 43%.
  • Only 2.3% of people who watch VR porn buy interactive sex toy scripts.
  • 77% of people who use VR want more social engagement.
  • 13% of people who vacation in VR go on to book a trip or get in touch with hospitality companies.
  • As of 2017, Pornhub’s VR content had 2,600 videos, attracting 500,000 daily views, up from the 30 videos it had at launch.

What Is VR Porn?

Before we explore all the VR- and VR porn-related statistics, including those from the VR porn industry, we should first define key terms to know:

  • VR simulates computer environments using a headset. (The Sun, 2019)1
  • VR porn is viewed through a VR headset or a smartphone fitted into a specialized piece of headgear. (The Sun, 2022)2
    • VR porn scenes are shown from the performer’s point of view rather than the third person’s point of view.

  • VR Porn Terms to Know (AskMen, n.d.)3
    • 3D: 3D means “three-dimensional,” and most experiences in VR simulate a 3D environment. “As soon as you’re watching a video in a headset, you’re getting a 3D experience,” says Doug McCourt, founder of 3dpornreviews.com,
      • He continues by saying “because the headset divides the image up into two separate images.” When each eye views these images separately, they give you the perception of viewing something in 3 dimensions.
  • 360: VR has 360-degree views. “Take a piece of paper and hold it up,” says McCourt. “That’s a regular video. Now fold that piece of imaginary paper, so it goes all the way around you. That’s 360.”
    • “You can look to the side, you can turn around, but the image is still flat. Now step inside that paper. Welcome to VR. In VR, you can get closer or farther away from the subjects, sometimes even walk around. “
  • 180: VR also has 180-degree views – with half the perspective of 360. According to Bradley Phillips, managing director of WankzVR, “Imagine you are standing in the center of a sphere, and that inside surface of that sphere is a screen,”
    • “360-degree content would fill the entire sphere. Now, cut that sphere in half from the top to the bottom, and you have 180-degree content. You can still look all the way up and all the way down, but directly behind you, there is no image. 180-degree content is hemispherical.”
  • 4K vs. 1080p HD: The term 4K, also known as ultra-high definition (UHD), refers to the resolution of videos,  specifically, how many pixels wide the image is.
    • “When compared to 1080P, 4K video has double the horizontal as well as the vertical resolution, meaning that each image contains 4 times the pixels.”
  • Male POV vs. Female POV: POV stands for point of view. “In a male POV, you’ll be looking down and seeing a male body where your own would be.” A female POV is the same but with a female body.

How Is VR Porn Made?

VR porn is different than traditional porn in more than just its unique perspective. It must also be filmed with highly specialized equipment to get its 3D and 360-degree effects. Here’s how VR porn is made: 

  • VR porn is often also known as “360 camera porn” and is shot in a point of view (POV) style. (The Sun, 2022)2
    • VR porn doesn’t need lots of cameras with different angles like standard shoots.
  • According to performer Brett Rossi, who has starred in adult VR films, “There is a male partner, he’s laying on his back typically. And the camera is level to where the viewer would be, to make it feel like first-person.”
    • Setting up a proper scalevideo stitching, and maintaining a steady shot are all essential aspects of creating quality VR porn.
    • One of the challenges of this kind of porn is the lack of additional camera angles for any given scene. So, a mistake can disrupt an entire scene, as there are no backup angles to use. 

  • Here are some differences between VR porn and traditional porn: (Kotaku, 2016)4
    • VR porn has fewer cuts for greater realism. Actual sex doesn’t involve several viewpoints or angles; it’s all first-person.

    • It’s more difficult for female performers to hold positions in VR porn because they often have to stand back a lot to give the camera a better view.

    • Performers report feeling more vulnerable in VR porn because it is harder to conceal flaws with a 360-degree view.

    • The camera used to shoot VR porn comprises seven GoPro cameras bundled together. The footage is weaved together in post-production.
      • After the footage is captured, a program maps the clips onto a dome, which is how one can then look around on a VR headset.

VR Porn Statistics

The growing popularity of VR headsets has led to a rise in VR porn consumption. The following statistics explore how the VR industry has grown in the last few years.

2022 VR Statistics

  • The global VR market was expected to reach $3.7 billion by the end of 2021. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • The market size of the VR industry is expected to grow by $1.1 billion over 2021.
  • China is anticipated to have the highest AR/VR spending worldwide in 2024. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Global AR/VR spending is expected to reach $72.8 billion by 2024.

    • China will have the most significant AR/VR spending at 36%. Closely followed by the United States and Western Europe.
  • VR/AR devices will see a growing increase in demand over the next few years. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • There were 9.86 million units of AR and VR devices shipped worldwide in 2021. This number is expected to rise to 14.19 million units in 2022.

    • The number of VR/AR devices shipped worldwide is expected to increase to 68.6 million units in 2023.

    • AR and VR headsets are projected to have massive sales of over 30 million units annually by the end of 2023.
  • The engineering industry will benefit from the adoption of VR. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • The implementation and development of VR in engineering can reduce model design time by 10% and construction time by 7%.

  • VR can enhance e-commerce sales. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • VR adoption in e-commerce can enhance online shopping conversion by 17%, a significant increase given that the average e-commerce conversion rate is 2%.
  • In 2021, 17.7% of people were expected to in the US: (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Projections based on the US population indicated that 58.9 million (17.7%) and 93.3 million people (28.1%) would use VR and AR, respectively, at least once a month.

    • By contrast, in 2020, 52.1 million and 82.1 million people in the US used VR and AR, respectively, at least once a month.
  • User experience is one of the biggest obstacles to VR adoption. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • 27% of VR industry experts claim that user experience (e.g., bulky hardware and technical glitches) is the main obstacle to the mass adoption of VR.

    • 20% consider customer and business hesitation an obstacle to VR adoption.

    • 19% consider poor content offerings by the VR industry an obstacle to VR adoption.
  • Facebook was the world’s largest vendor of VR headsets in 2020. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • There were 5.5 million units of VR and AR headsets shipped in 2020

    • The market leaders of VR headsets were Facebook (38.7%), Sony (21.9%), and Pico (9.2%).

Virtual Reality Market Statistics

  • The worldwide AR and VR market size is forecast to grow 7.7x between 2018 and 2022. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • The worldwide VR market share is projected to be worth $20.9 billion by 2025. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • There were only $6.1B in sales in the VR industry in 2020.

    • This dismal performance forced many stakeholders to revise their predictions. Therefore, recent reports expect the global VR market to increase by $14.8 billion by 2025.
  • In 2020, customers owned 26 million AR and VR headsets. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • By contrast, only 14 million VR devices were sold in 2019.
  • Demand for standalone VR devices will grow more than 16 times between 2018 and 2022. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • The sale of standalone devices will grow from almost nothing in 2017 to more than half of the total AR and VR devices market in 2022 (29 million units).

    • Tethered headsets, which require a connection with a computer, smartphone, or gaming console for use, will likely stay around for a while, selling 18 million units in 2022.
  • Spending on VR content and apps was expected to reach $3.77B in 2021 globally. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Location-based VR sales are expected to account for an additional $700 million.

    • Spending on VR content/apps and location-based VR experiences is expected to rise from $2.54 billion in 2019 to $3.77 billion in 2021.

    • Spending on AR content and apps is nearly 2.5 times that on VR content and is expected to grow at a higher pace as well.
  • VR video gaming revenues are expected to reach $2.4B in 2024. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • VR gaming generates about $1.1 billion per year in revenues.

    • This value is expected to grow to $1.6 billion by 2022 and eventually reach $2.4 billion by 2024.
  • The total number of VR startups has increased by 14% in less than a year. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • The number of startups listed on AngelList went up from slightly more than 1,800 in May 2018 to 2270 in January 2020. 

    • This list also mentions 978 investors, meaning many of these startups have also secured funding to develop their projects.

Virtual Reality User Statistics

  • The number of AR users in the US will reach 95.1 million by 2022. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • In 2020, there were 57.4 million VR users and 90.9 million AR users in the US.

    • Projections indicate that this figure will rise by 37.7 million in 2022.
  • 70% of VR headset owners have bought a game on it. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Nearly 70% of consumers who own a dedicated VR headset have bought games for it.
  • 78% of Americans are familiar with VR now.
    • VR technology awareness is as high as 90% among consumers in the UK and US, according to a recent virtual reality demographics study by GlobalWebIndex. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • Only 28% of VR set owners use their devices daily. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • 39% use their sets once a week

    • 19% once a month

    • 8% once every six months

    • 6% just about once a year
  • 77% of people who use VR want more social engagement in it. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • 77% of those surveyed who own a VR headset say they are interested in social interactions with other people in VR.

    • Playing games, watching videos, and video communicating are the most popular social activities in VR.
  • 70% of VR users intend to increase their use in the next year. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • 38% of VR users say they intend to increase their use a lot more

    • 32% say they want to use VR a little more

    • Only 7% want to use VR devices less

  • Hardware cost is the biggest entry barrier keeping the VR adoption rate down.
    • 54% of high-end VR device users think that hardware cost is the primary reason preventing more users from adopting VR.
      • 48% of budget VR device users think the cost is the primary reason, and 50% of mid-range users also think so. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • 64% of VR users think VR has the greatest potential in gaming. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Other areas in decreasing order of expectations are:
    • 52%: film and TV
    • 42%: Sports viewing
    • 41%: Classroom education
    • 38%: Social media
  • 53% of AR and VR-aware users believe VR has a higher chance of hitting the mainstream first. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Once users have tried out both AR and VR, their perception changes.

    • 50% say AR has a greater potential to hit the mainstream compared to 47% in favor of VR.
  • More professionals would consider adopting VR/AR for training purposes in 2021. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Training that incorporates VR reduces the chances of work-related injuries by 43%.

    • Statistics indicated that 70% of professionals believe that more businesses would use VR when training employees.
  • In 2020, 55% of users found the VR experience satisfying. (TechJury, 2022)5

Virtual Reality in The Industry

  • 43% of manufacturing companies say VR will become mainstream in their organization within the next three years. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • 82% of companies implementing AR/VR indicate that benefits exceed expectations. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • “Early achievers” (those who successfully implement VR successfully) constitute 6% of all VR experimenters and implementers but get more than twice the benefits of other companies. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • These early achievers also see a 57% increase in efficiency compared to 23% for other companies.
    • They also see a 55% vs. 23% safety increase, 52% vs. 21% productivity increase, and 47% vs.19% complexity reduction.
  • 80% of users feel positive about experiencing branded VR tactics. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • 20% of users say a branded VR experience would make them feel more positively towards the brand. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • Only 1% would feel negative about it, and the rest are neutral.

    • VR also has high word-of-mouth marketability, with 81% of people who experienced VR telling their friends about it.

  • 13% of users say VR experiences will cause them to shop more in physical stores. (TechJury, 2022)5
  • 13% of people who vacation in VR go on to book a trip or get in touch with hospitality companies. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • When people witnessed conditions in war-torn Syria through VR, there was a  16% increase in donations to Amnesty International.
    • There was a 190% increase in revenue from Thomas Cook’s VR-promoted New York excursion afterward.
    • 51% of Marriott’s customers said they would travel to more hotels in the chain after viewing VR travel stories from other locations.
  • Virtual reality trends indicate an upward movement in the VR adoption rate in the US. (TechJury, 2022)5
    • 25% of internet users will be using VR in the US by 2023, which amounts to about 70.2 million people.

Percentage of People Watching VR Porn

VR porn consumption seems to be more common among young people, and the people who watch it have a wide variety of interests, according to this data. Here are the statistics on how many people watch VR porn.

  • Who watches more VR porn? (VR Selector, 2020)6
    • Men: 83.3%
    • Women: 16.7%
  • Ages of people who watch VR porn: (VR Selector, 2020)6
    • 18-24 years: 25.61%
    • 25-34 years: 32.78%
    • 35-44 years: 17.85%
    • 45-54 years: 11.63%
    • 55-64 years: 7.24%
    • 65+ years: 5.15%
  • Top 5 most-watched categories for women (VR Selector, 2020)6
    • Female POV
    • JAV
    • Anal
    • Striptease
    • MILF
  • Top 5 categories that women watch in 2D (VR Selector, 2020)6
    • Lesbian
    • Hentai
    • Ebony
    • Anal
    • Indian
  • Teledildonics & VR porn (VR Selector, 2020)6
    • Only 2.3% of people who watch VR porn buy interactive sex toy scripts.

    • The average length of time spent watching a VR porn session is 97 seconds, but those that use interactive sex toy scripts with VR porn videos watch a session for about 19 minutes on average.

Pornhub’s Virtual Reality Insights

Pornhub, one of the biggest porn sites in the world, recently launched a VR porn category. Here’s the data from Pornhub’s VR segment.

  • With only 30 videos at inception, Pornhub’s VR content increased to over 2,600 videos in 2017 and received more than 500,000 daily views. (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7
  • Top VR Porn Searches: (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7
    • VR
    • 360 VR
    • 360 Degree
    • Virtual Reality
    • 3D VR
    • 360 Cam
    • VR Hentai
    • VR Anal
    • Shemale VR
    • VR POV
  • Men are 160% more likely to view VR videos compared to women.
    • Popularity when compared to other ages: (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7
      • 18-24 years: +18%
      • 25-34 years: +47%
      • 35-44 years: +5%
      • 45-54 years: -59%
      • 55-64 years: -81%
      • 55+ years: -84%

  • Over the last 12 months, VR viewership has increased in every part of the United States. (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7
    • The most growth occurred in Eastern states, including New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Jersey.
    • California still accounts for the most VR video views each day, but the growth rate in popularity has been much slower.
  • Countries where VR porn is proportionally most popular: (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7
    • Thailand
    • Hong Kong
    • Philippines
    • Taiwan
    • Norway
    • Israel
    • Pakistan
    • Malaysia
    • Vietnam
    • Egypt
    • Chile
    • Finland
    • Netherlands
    • Brazil
    • Sweden
    • Germany
    • Hungary
    • Romania
    • Ireland
    • Spain
    • Denmark
  • The highest growth rate in VR popularity is in Ireland and the United Kingdom, by nearly 250%. (Pornhub Insights, 2017)7

Best VR Headsets/Devices To Use

If you want to watch VR porn, consider investing in a comfortable headset. Nothing’s more likely to ruin your mood than a poorly fitted VR headset.

Here are the top choices for all VR activities: (VR Porn Rank, n.d.)8

  • Oculus Gear VR: Best VR Porn Headset for Galaxy Users
    • The Samsung Gear VR is different from other phone VR headsets. It uses special software and plugs right into your phone’s charging port.

    • The headset is comfortable, has face padding, and has a good head strap. So, it is easy to move your head around and view porn from various angles.

    • The headset has a touchpad on the side that you can use for navigation and web browsing.

  • Oculus Go: Best Standalone VR Headset For Porn
    • The Oculus Go is a standalone headset that does not require a phone to function.

    • It offers the same HD experience as the Gear VR.

    • It can use the Chrome browser to navigate to VR porn sites and stream or download videos directly onto its 32- or 64-GB drive.

  • Destek: Best VR Porn Headset for iPhone and Pixel Devices
    • The Destek V4 is a versatile headset that works with iPhones and Android phones like Huawei, Pixel, and Galaxy.

    • It has a comfortable head strap and an eye padding for blocking light.

  • Oculus Quest & Rift: Best Headset For VR Porn Games (And Videos)
    • The Oculus Quest is the step up from the Oculus GO and has the processing power to handle more intense VR games.
    • The Oculus Quest is the best for VR Porn Games. If you’re into interactive VR sex games, then this is the headset you’ll want to upgrade to.

  • Oculus Quest & Rift: Best Headset For VR Porn Games (And Videos)
    • The Oculus Quest is similar to the Oculus GO but with a better display and a faster processor to handle more intense VR games.


  • HTC Vive: Most Powerful Headset for VR Porn
    • The HTC Vive is considered the most powerful home VR headset. It has excellent processing power and can run all types of VR porn games. Although somewhat expensive, this headset is a good investment.

    • It can play video content in 4k VR and works well with diverse VR porn videos.

    • It has 70 sensors that offer users 110-degree field of view (FOV), a resolution of 2160 x 1200, and a 90Hz refresh rate.

  • PlayStation PSVR (Virtual Reality Reporter, 2022)9
    • The PSVR headset is compatible with PlayStation 4 and offers an affordable option for watching porn videos.

    • If you already own a PlayStation 4, all you have to do is buy a PSVR headset and connect the two devices to watch VR porn.

  • Homido V2
    • The HOMiDO V2 VR headset offers excellent quality and comfort at an affordable price.

    • It has 100-degree FOV adjustments for both near- and far-sighted users and a comfortable foam band around the eyes to improve your viewing experience.

    • It is compatible with most smartphones with 4.5-inch to 6-inch screens.

  • Daydream VR
    • Daydream VR is compatible with Android smartphones, so it’s a good pick if you already use android. 
    • Unfortunately, Daydream dedicated apps and games don’t work on many smartphones, which is a major downside for someone who wants to watch VR porn using a mobile phone.

  • BlitzWolf VR Headset
    • Unlike many high-end VR headsets, the BlitzWolf VR headset is compatible with many devices.

    • You can use the BlitzWolf VR headset with any smartphone having a screen size between 4.7 and 6 inches to watch VR porn. You also don’t have to hold it up as you do with the Google Cardboard to watch your favorite porn videos.

  • Google Cardboard: Cheapest VR Porn Headset
    • The Google Cardboard is a simple and affordable option for watching VR porn.

    • Place your smartphone inside the Google Cardboard to view VR content.

    • Its main downside is that it doesn’t have head straps, so you must hold it with one hand while doing your thing. 

Best VR Porn Sites

While many major porn sites such as Pornhub offer VR options, sometimes it’s best to go to a dedicated source for VR porn.

These sites specialize in creating this kind of content and do a great job of it: (Virtual Reality Reporter, 2022)9

  • Wankz VR
    • Wankzvr.com is reasonably priced, has high-quality content, and even offers a free headset when you sign up. It’s compatible with many VR headsets and features content from top porn stars. It has a wide range of videos catering to diverse tastes and regularly updates its content. However, some users may find its massive video collection overwhelming.

  • Naughty America VR
    • NaughtyAmericaVR.com is a well-established VR porn website that specializes in offering high-resolution videos to its users. It has a large catalog of popular porn stars, regularly updates its content, and is compatible with many VR headsets on the market. It has good data protection policies so users can feel safe on-site. Although mostly affordable, its premium content may be pricey. 

  • VR Bangers
    • VR Bangers is a leading VR porn site that offers high-resolution videos for your enjoyment. It has a lot of content catering to diverse preferences. It supports many VR headsets, thus attracting a large user base, and is serious about user privacy and security. The downside is that its high-resolution videos may require a lot of bandwidth to play.

  • VirtualRealPorn
    • VirtualRealPorn.com is known for its massive VR content catering to varied needs. It also offers high-resolution videos integrated with binaural audio for users’ enjoyment. It has a user-friendly website and is compatible with many VR headsets out there. However, its premium subscription is rather pricey.

  • Czech VR
    • Czechvr.com offers high-quality VR porn content featuring mainly European performers. As such, it may cater to something other than the needs of those keen on performers from different geographical regions. The site is frequently updated with new content, has a user-friendly interface, and supports a range of VR headsets.

  • Badoink VR
    • Badoink VR has over 800 scenes in its library of VR porn erotica. This library includes facials, threesomes, blow jobs, and more, so there’s something for everybody. It also integrates binaural sounds in its videos, offers free-to-watch videos, and features many porn stars in its catalog of performers. However, most of its content is exclusive and requires you to subscribe to view.

  • Adult Festa VR
    • Adult Festa focuses on interactive elements of porn with other devices, including teledildonics and other sex toys. Much of the content is Japanese adult videos (JAV) and other similar content.

  • SexLikeReal
    • SexLikeReal is a VR porn and live cam streaming site, production company, and VR technology developer. They have a wide variety of curated content that streams up to 8K resolution for most VR equipment. Their content is also compatible with many sex toys like Lovense products and The Handy

  • Teen Mega World
    • Teen Mega World specializes in VR porn featuring 18-19-year-old pornstars. Their content is compatible with most VR headsets and streams in 5K resolution. 

  • SexBabes VR
    • SexBabes VR features over 500 VR porn videos and routinely updates its site with new content. It also has more than 250 porn stars, supports all major headsets and smartphones, and offers secure streaming and downloading options.

  • StripChat VR
    • StripChat is a cam site that has recently expanded into the VR porn category. It is one of the few sites that allows VR interactivity with live cam girls and even lets you talk to them with the built-in headset mic during private shows.

  • 18 VR
    • Launched in 2017, 18 VR focuses on teen VR porn. Its content is diverse and includes categories like anal, threesomes, and sex toys. It is also compatible with many VR headsets out there. Most of their pornstars are from Eastern Europe, and their videos are available in 5K and 7K resolution, offering a truly immersive viewing experience.

Conclusion

The VR porn industry is growing and will most likely continue to grow as VR headsets develop and become more widely used. Headsets are becoming more popular, especially among young people, even though substantial improvements are needed to make them more affordable and user-friendly. The integration of interactive devices and sex toys, along with first-person POVs, can help create an exciting experience.

Footnotes

  1. The Sun, 2019. An article on how porn users can use “sex goggles” to interact with camgirls online.
  2. The Sun, 2022. An article about VR porn and how it works.
  3. AskMen, n.d. An article on Everything You Need To Know About Virtual Reality Porn.
  4. Kotaku, 2016. An article on how VR porn is made.
  5. TechJury, 2022. An article on VR porn statistics.
  6. VR Selector, 2020. An article on VR porn statistics.
  7. Pornhub Insights, 2017. Pornhub’s compiled data on VR porn.
  8. VR Porn Rank, n.d. List of the best VR headsets/devices for VR porn viewing.
  9. Virtual Reality Reporter, 2022. List of the best VR sites and VR devices recommendations.
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