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Holodexxx VR Interview – The Future Of VR Porn

Image: Holodexxx GalleryThe team at Holodexxx VR is on an ambitious quest to change VR porn forever. With a lot of new innovations in the works, we talked with the lead artist from Holodexxx VR to learn more about their ongoing projects.

1. Thank you so much for this interview! For the readers out there who might not be familiar with your work, could you please introduce yourself and Holodexxx VR?

I am the managing director and lead artist for Holodexxx VR. Based in Toronto, Canada, Holodexxx was born out of a passion to bring true VR to the adult market using techniques borrowed from the AAA gaming industry. Our team is a highly-skilled, interdisciplinary group of developers with backgrounds ranging from character animation, 3D modeling, scanning, games programming, and narrative design. Collectively, we have shipped some of your favorite video game titles in a past life.

2. With origins dating back to 2015, Holodexxx is one of virtual reality’s earliest start-ups. What was the project’s goal at the start? Has that vision evolved over the years?

Our vision back then remains very close to what we’ve achieved with Holodexxx today. Holodexxx began with a mission to develop photo-real digital porn stars that can be viewed and interacted with using virtual reality devices.

The challenge ahead lies more with mastering the workflows of creating realistic digital humans, rather than any stumbling blocks we might encounter with developing for VR. Breathing life into a digital character, making them responsive, and believable is incredibly hard. There are so many subtle elements that make up the human form that must be right for someone to accept that a 3D human has sex appeal.

Virtual reality is meant to enhance real life, not replace it.

We’re also adopting certain elements of AI and natural language into our pipeline which is adding a ton of new more possibilities, but also many new challenges. In the end, our goal remains the same. Holodexxx will always continue pushing the boundaries of adult content and immersive technology to make something the world has never seen before.

3. Holodexxx VR was super hyped in the early days of virtual reality. There was a lot of media coverage about how it was the future of porn. The Vice documentary was top notch as well. Then poof. You guys vanished in 2016 only to return this year. What’s the story behind the hiatus?

The Vice documentary was a lot of fun. I think it’s safe to say that we didn’t anticipate how well received it would be when it aired back in 2016. When the documentary came out, we had just barely got our studio up and running and we’re still just a team of 3. VR was brand new and we felt we had a responsibility to our fans to make a product that could live up to the high level of expectations. At that time, there were still a lot of puzzle pieces missing including funding, equipment, and some key personnel. Rather than move forward right away and produce content that was going to be sub-par, we consciously decided to take a step back, and build the infrastructure that would deliver on a strong experience.

Virtual Reality Doesn’t Have to be Expensive. The idea that virtual reality is expensive to produce comes up over and over from businesses interested in creating an experience. The truth is although virtual reality can be expensive, it isn’t always expensive. Like most things, virtual reality’s price greatly depends on the scope of the project. Companies can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars investing in the technology. However, other companies like YouVisit can create the same type of experience with costs ranging in the low to mid five figures.

We’re still self-funded to this day, which is why we deeply appreciate the support that the Holodexxx community gives us through their pledges on our Patreon page. The more help we get from people who share this vision with us, the better Holodexxx will ultimately become.

4. Being able to have sex with any pornstar is the holy grail of VR porn. Holodexxx VR is getting us closer to that. What do you think is the biggest tech bottleneck stopping us from reaching that fantasy right now?

For us right now the limiting factor isn’t so much the technology, it’s more the funding requirements needed to pursue Holodexxx full-time and grow our team. As I mentioned earlier, apart from our Patreon, we’re a self-funded company which means that time is often split between other projects that are necessary to keep the lights on. Our backers inspire us to keep pushing ahead and deliver on our promises. We plan to offer support for the new generation of VR HMD’s soon, and now that VR adoption has risen substantially, we have more of an established user base to market Holodexxx towards. We are targeting Steam platform as another way we can monetize our brand so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.

5. You guys recently released a blog post talking about ethics in virtual porn. It’s an interesting read about how your team intends to treat porn stars and their virtual counterparts with mutual respect and compensate them for their virtual efforts. Do you think that’s the future we’re heading towards?

I think just about everywhere you look, people are tired of being overworked and under-compensated. It’s not surprising that many adult performers now push their own brand through alternate means like private Snapchats, OnlyFans, and camming. The prospect of a performer taking control of their own means of making money is attractive, and if we can offer a compensation model that offers that sense of control to performers, we’re going to succeed. We’re still quite early in the life of Holodexxx at this stage, but this is absolutely the direction we plan to head in.

Smartphones at the forefront of Virtual Reality. It’s a worldwide reality: smartphones dominate everyone’s every move. It comes as no surprise that taking the smartphone experience to the next level means stepping up the game in VR. With all the VR content users can sink their claws into, all one needs is the perfect device to embrace the wealth of entertainment that awaits him or her.

6. Holodexxx has released two VR porn experiences so far, Holodexxx Gallery and the Riley Reid Experience. What can we expect from here with regard to your upcoming third experience, Holodexxx Home?

Our goal with the next release is to showcase an actual sexual encounter with one of our stars. We haven’t decided which star just yet, and are actually planning to open this decision up to our backers. Our community manager Holodexxx Mike will be running a small survey soon with our Patreon members to see who they’d like to see developed next into a fully interactive model. We’ll also be introducing video streaming support so you can watch your own favorite naughty flicks in VR with our stars. Also, expect to see more hologram content from our friends at Naughty America in the future too.

7. To wrap it up: Is there anything you want to tell Holodexxx fans?

Yes, THANK YOU! Your comments and pledges are literally the fuel that drives Holodexxx forward. Secondly, please spread the word. Tell your friends about Holodexxx. Tell your Mom, tell your mailman, tell your dog! We need to drive awareness of our campaign and we need everyone out there to help with the momentum. We’re so excited about what the future of Holodexxx holds and we can’t do it without you.

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