Less than a month ago, Palmer Luckey announced that sexual content would not be blocked on the Oculus Rift. However today, Business Insider ran an article where a representative from Oculus clarified their position on adult entertainment.
According to this article, the Facebook owned company will be blocking pornographic apps from being put onto their app store. The Rift will being released during financial quarter one of next year with an app store similar to Apple’s store. The Oculus store will be a storefront where approved apps will be put on sale. The storefront will be vetted and curated internally based on their terms of service, possibly even more so than the Apple Store or Google Play. The representative from Oculus responded to questions about adult entertainment by saying “Oculus only distributes developer content that meets their terms of service, which forbid pornographic content from being a part of the Oculus Store.”
To clarify this statement, this means that any content that is pornographic will not make it onto the Rift’s app storefront because it violates their ToS. This does not mean that pornography is completely banned on the Oculus Rift. What is important to stress is that this app store is similar to stores that are found on mobile phones, which also block pornographic material. Presumably, the Rift will allow users to go outside of the app store and access the internet, so third party apps and websites will probably be fairly easily accessed.
When asked about other controversial subjects, such as violence and gore, the representative responded with “Oculus only distributes developer content that meets their terms of service, but they aren’t open to discuss what those terms are at this time”. This makes sense because the Rift has been heavily marketed as a gaming peripheral and they will probably want to dodge this question for as long as possible.
As of now, Lucky’s statement stands: The Oculus Rift will be open source and adult entertainment will be allowed. People will be able to find their favorite 18+ websites using the browser on their PC, but there will be no apps for them on the store.
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