Oasis: A Brief Introduction to a New, Adults-Only Social VR Platform

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The Red Light District in Oasis

I came across a news item from the New York Post while browsing through the Virtual Reality newsfeed on Flipboard:

Pornhub and HoloFilm Productions will tonight present the first episode of the inaugural Pornhub Games, hosted by Asa Akira and sponsored by Chaturbate.

The Pornhub Games consist of six episodes leading up to the Pornhub Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, and are viewable on a new virtual platform called Oasis.

My ears perked up at the words “new virtual platform called Oasis”, so I put on my reporter’s hat, got out my notebook, and went exploring. (Oh, the things I do for you people!)

First, there appears to be some sort of relationship between Oasis and another adults-only virtual world I had profiled earlier, called Red Light Center (that link is safe for work). When I tried to set up an account on the Oasis website, it referred me to the test account I had set up in RLC:

Please note that while you will be able to log in using the same credentials as RLC2, your RLC2 account is not linked to Oasis. RLC2 and Oasis are two different ‘service providers’ on the same network. Your login information is the same throughout the network, but your inventory, virtual currency balances*, settings and personalization are unique to each service provider and cannot be transferred between them.

RLC2 refers to the second version of Red Light Center, I guess? I really have no idea what’s going on. I never expected to ever have to use my RLC credentials again, I swear! I only created them for research! Research, I tell you!

Anyways, back to Oasis, and, by the way, whose bright idea was that particular name, I wonder? I wonder what the folks over at VIVEPORT think about that one, since they also have a VR experience called the Oasis…which makes it very difficult to actually find this newer Oasis platform using search engines like Google.

Here’s a one-minute promotional video from Vimeo:

So, “a better virtual reality is waiting for you”, eh? I decided to take them up on the offer.

Your avatar setup is pretty straightforward (but just what is the difference between “heavy” and “portly”, and “slim” and “skinny”, anyway?):

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Once you have made some rough avatar adjustments, you arrive at the Welcome Tower, a dark urban rooftop with a large pool:

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Your (cringe-inducing) orientation consists of finding and talking to Angela, who dispatches you to visit other bots in order to learn how to adjust and clothe your avatar:

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Angela refers you to the “stylist”, Charlotte, a woman with a faux French accent whose own personal style could best be described as “Cheap French HOO-Kair” 😉

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After fixing up my avatar and fetching myself a drink from Logan the bartender, here is what I looked like:

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“Everlust”, indeed! (No, my avatar doesn’t look any better in good lighting. I checked.)

You can switch from desktop mode to VR mode by hitting the F12 function key on your keyboard. (You’re also supposed to be able to switch back by hitting F11, which never worked for me.)

In VR mode, I found I could teleport around, but not turn. And no matter what I did in VR mode, I could not get doors to open for me (i.e. teleport me to another experience). Let’s just say that VR support is super buggy and leave it at that.

Back to the whole Pornhub thing, where we started off in the first place with that NY Post article. Apparently, Oasis has decided that a partnership with the porn website Pornhub is just what is needed to promote the platform, according to this article from the website VR Room:

The Pornhub Games consist of six episodes leading up to the Pornhub Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, and are viewable on a new virtual platform called Oasis.

“Tonight, is a special sneak preview of a project that I produced and directed called the Pornhub Games,” HoloFilm President Anna Lee told XBIZ. “The Games are a six-week, reality style competition where six contestants compete for the chance to be crowned the Pornhub Games Champion.”

According to Lee, each Thursday from now until Sept. 6, it will air a different episode and host a viewing party featuring a live Q&A session engaging fans and contestants.

The soft launch is intended to stress-test the platform prior to its official launch on Aug. 2, alongside an affiliate program for promoting the new platform.

“[We] would love to have some of you VR enthusiasts come check it out, help us load test and give us feedback on the platform,” Lee explains. “So, while the Games are some fun eye candy, the real purpose of tonight is to help us get Oasis totally on its feet.”

The doors open at 5 p.m. (PDT), with the event beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Oasis is available for any desktop computer, as well as Vive and Rift headsets, with mobile compatibility planned for a future release.

So, if you’re really interested in Oasis, here’s their website, have at it! Oh, and did I mention that one of their two in-game currencies is called “Booty”? (The other one is called “Rays”. The jokes just write themselves, people.)

And, if you want to unlock, ahem, special features (like the ability to get naked), why, you can upgrade to a VIP membership:

Savings & Currency

  • We’ll give you a virtual currency (Rays) bonus
  • You’ll be able to transfer (send and receive) virtual currency
  • Get discounts on experiences paid in Booty (like tattoos, change rooms, lap dances, etc.)

Sexy

  • See nudity
  • Get naked
  • Unlock intimate activities

Bling

  • Display a badge above your name indicating your VIP status
  • Your name colour will change to indicate your VIP status
  • Your chat text will also update to a new colour to indicate your VIP status

But, lemme tell ya, VIP membership ain’t cheap:

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So, what do I think of all this? I think that any virtual world that wants to get into the sex market needs to have really good-looking, realistic avatars, and these… aren’t. The clothing I tried on, in particular, was very poorly made (I guess the point is, you’re not supposed to be wearing any?). And the addition of somewhat juvenile hunt games (e.g. help the madam find her champagne receipt she left at the café) seems completely out of place in a virtual world designed and intended for adults.

Oh, and the Pornhub tie-in? Basically, you’re sitting in a movie theatre, watching the individual weekly episodes of the “Pornhub Games” on a screen. It’s boring as hell, and why you would need or want to be in Oasis just to watch a video is beyond me. Why impose an extra layer of unnecessary technology to do something that can easily be done on the desktop?

The bottom line is, there’s really nothing that interesting in Oasis, even if you are a porn fan. Pass.

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