Several of the elements needed for VR sex are coming together. Oculus VR continues to develop its Oculus Rift VR headset. Sinful Robot is working on a first generation VR sex video game. Valve, the video game company behind the Steam platform and the Steam Box (which is scheduled to be available next year), is also working on its own VR headset and will support the Oculus Rift.
While all of this is good, there needs to be more done to have VR sex be more than just a personal 3D porn movie. What is needed is more developments in the areas of motion tracking and haptic technologies (input devices and force feedback). Those developments are happening. Sixsense has been working with the Oculus Rift to add its wireless motion tracking devices:
New and innovative haptic (input and force feedback) devices are also being researched. For its Steam Box, Valve has created a touchpad gaming controller. While this doesn’t mean much in terms of VR sex, Valve is researching new haptic devices such as devices where you can use your tongue or your butt to interact with a game. While those particular haptic devices may not be commercially produced, Valve is doing work (along with other companies) on new haptic devices using different parts of your body. These sorts of haptic devices are necessary to make VR sex a more immersive experience, and when the time comes, they will be available.
A lot of this work is being done using Valve’s Steam Box in some way. There is a reason for that. The Steam Box is a completely open platform using off the shelf hardware and SteamOS which is derived from Linux. (Linux is completely free and open.) Anyone can build hardware or software to use with it. What this means is that Valve can’t prevent the Steam Box from being used as a VR sex platform even if Valve wanted to. Other gaming consoles are more locked down. Sony could block VR sex from being on the PS4, and Microsoft could do the same with the XBox. Microsoft may even be able to do something with Windows PCs to block them from running VR sex software, although that is unlikely because even Windows PCs are too open to allow Microsoft to do that. Even if it’s not possible, it may not stop Microsoft from trying if there’s enough pressure forced upon them by individuals and groups who want to block VR sex software.
Sony, Microsoft, etc. could theoretically be pressured into doing something like Apple has done with the iPhone where it blocks “adult” apps. Since those companies completely control their gaming platforms, they could block VR sex software and hardware from being used on their systems. No matter how much pressure is placed on Valve, the only thing Valve could do is block VR sex applications from not being distributed via Steam. This would not block VR sex applications from the Steam Box. On Android, while Google can block “adult” apps from its Google Play Store, it can’t prevent the creation of alternate app stores on Android. (For example, amazon has its own app store, and there is MiKandi, a mobile porn app store.) Anyone can create the equivalent of an alternate app store on the Steam Box so Valve can’t block VR sex applications from the Steam Box.
At this point nothing but the collapse of civilization is going to stop the development of VR sex.