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Will Porn Help Drive Virtual Reality Sales?

Q. TV Answer Man, The Atlantic Magazine just published an article saying that porn will drive the sales of new technology. Don’t you think it will drive sales of Virtual Reality headsets and apps? — Frank, Cleveland, Ohio.

No.

Atlantic Magazine isn’t the only publication that has suggested that pornography is the key to making a new technology a huge success. The publications are surmising that the power of porn is so enormous, so hugemongous, if you will, that people will run to their local Best Buy, hand over their credit card and ask questions later.

Dear God, how dumb.

See Samsung’s Virtual Reality Gear.

Ever since adult movies helped drive sales of the VCR in the early 1980s, journalists, particularly the many lemmings who call themselves tech journalists, have written stories saying that adult fare will help drive whatever new TV-based technology has just been introduced.

The journalists seem to ignore that the conditions surrounding the VCR’s introduction in the 1970s bares no resemblance to what was going on when future TV-based products were introduced.

See Samsung’s 55-inch 4K TV.

Think about it. It was relatively easy for adult fans to buy a VCR in the 1980s — the price had fallen to around $300 — and there was great motivation: it was the only way to watch porn in the comfort of your own home. (There was no Internet then, as you may recall.) Consequently, fans of the flirty and frisky film were happy to plunk down their hard earned dollars on a VCR.

So it was a one-time phenomenon. But that hasn’t stopped the media from going back to the well to make the obligatory comparison every time a new product comes out.

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A few years ago, there was a spate of stories suggesting that porn would persuade people to buy Blu-ray players, and 3-D TVs.

But it never happened. Blu-ray player sales rose with the launch of traditional Blu-ray movies — and players that offered streaming services such as Netflix. And 3D TVs? Well, they wound up as a big bust, if you will forgive the pun.

See LG 55-inch 4K TV.

Now, in the case of Virtual Reality, there may be a few people who buy the goggles for a few extra giggles watching porn. But history shows that the number will be small. There’s so much porn in so many formats, it simply will not be a factor in VR.

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