(updated November 2023) At around $250, the Meta Quest 2 is our pick as the overall best headset to watch VR porn on. In fact, it’s not just the best headset for porn–it’s the best headset for anyone on a budget of less than $300 that wants to experience a little of everything that VR has to offer.

Passthrough Porn, and the Meta Quest 3

Before we get onto the Quest 2, it’s worth mentioning the Quest 3, because it’s better in every way (and more expensive). But it also has one incredible superpower that the Quest 2 doesn’t: color passthrough cameras. This means that while wearing the Quest 3 in a well-lit environment, you’ll get an incredible mixed-reality view of the outside world. It’s a mind-blowing experience to play mixed-reality games—but that’s not why we’re here. “What relevance is mixed reality to porn?” you might be asking. Because, dear reader, there’s now such a thing as passthrough porn. And it’s a game changer.

Here’s how it works: the scene is shot on essentially a “green screen”, with only the actor (and typically the stunt dick) filmed in regular full color. The green areas are keyed out, and an alpha channel is added to let compatible players know exactly which part of the video should be ignored. The upshot is that when positioned correctly, the actor will appear magically in front of you, in your real world surroundings… your bedroom, or living room, or kitchen.

It’s the most mind-blowing VR/AR/MR/XR/who cares R porn experience yet.

So why isn’t this our overall pick? The Quest 3 isn’t cheap, starting at around $500. And right now, there isn’t that much passthrough porn available. It’s almost all being produced by SLR. There are some PC games that support the technology too, but they’re far from easy to setup (demo video below).

Best Overall: Quest 2

So why is the Meta Quest 2 the best headset for porn?

  • It works great in bed, or anywhere. As an all-in-one headset, you can use the Oculus Quest anywhere you fancy. It doesn’t matter if you’re lying in bed or sitting on the loo.
  • Built-in tracking works great. There’s no need for external sensors. Four cameras on the headset itself track your movement and that of your controllers. If you want to use the headset in the dark, you’ll lose positional tracking. Then again, you don’t need that for watching videos.
  • Hand-tracking so you don’t need to fiddle with controllers. The latest update added hand-tracking, so you can interact with menus and software without using controllers.
  • It’s not just for porn. There’s a huge array of games and apps on the Oculus Quest store. If you’ve tried mobile VR on Google Cardboard, then don’t worry: it’s nothing like that. Standout titles include things like BeatSaber, Pistol Whip, and SuperHot.
  • Oculus Link enables you to connect to a gaming PC if you have one. The Quest isn’t just a great mobile headset, it’s a good budget PCVR headset too. Using a USB-C cable you can tether the Quest to a PC and use it with the full suite of Oculus desktop games and software, as well as the larger SteamVR library. This also gives you more options if you want to use Bluetooth-connected sex toys. It’s also possible to use it wirelessly with your PC, though that can be a little more complex to setup and requires good Wi-Fi.

What’s not so great about the Meta Quest 2?

  • The screens aren’t great at displaying absolute black levels, so while it’s good enough for a bit of porn, you won’t get the best experience for full-length movies.
  • Installing the best VR porn software requires changing to a developer account and installing from a third-party source. Understandably, Meta doesn’t allow porn apps on the store. SexLikeReal is the easiest way to get up and running with paid content. Meanwhile, HereSphere is the best software if you want to source your own videos, with the ability to automatically correct common visual issues that arise from different camera setups. Both require installation from a third-party source.

 

Meta Quest + Interactive Sex Toys

The Kiiroo Keon and The Handy are both incredible interactive sex devices that can synchronize stroking motions to the action in a video.

The Handy (pictured above) is the best for use with the Quest 2 since it works over Wi-Fi. Both the SexLikeReal app and HereSphere video player can directly connect to the Handy by simply ensuring both devices are on Wi-Fi, and entering your private connection key. Read my full review of The Handy over at CaraSutra.com

The Kiiroo Keon doesn’t have Wi-Fi, and must be connected to via Bluetooth. However, neither the Quest 2 nor 3 has native support for Bluetooth devices other than headphones, so syncing the Keon with videos on your Quest will need a smartphone, too, running the Haptics Connect App (for Android or iOS); and you’ll be restricted to the SexLikeReal or DeoVR app. It’s a lot of faff, and not ideal, but is doable.

Not on a Budget: Valve Index

While the Meta Quest 2 is the best headset if you’re on a budget or don’t want to be tethered to a PC, it doesn’t come close to the quality of visuals you can achieve on the Valve Index.

The Index is strictly a tethered experience: you’ll need to connect it to a high-end gaming PC for the best results. It’s also a little more complex to set up, requiring laser beacons (“Basestations”) in the corner of your room. But with a higher resolution and larger field of view, you can see more of the details and the action. It almost eliminates the so-called “ski goggles” effect of black borders around the image.

It is of course, also the most expensive option, costing $1,000 for a full set.

Can I Watch Porn on PSVR2?

Not yet—while it has incredible black levels for immersion, there isn’t a video player application available for the PSVR2. This is rather curious considering Sony is the king of entertainment, and even more curious when this was a feature of the PSVR. We’ll update this once there’s a viable way to do it, but for now, you’re out of luck.