Palmer Luckey, the creator of Oculus, created a virtual reality headset that intentionally kills people.
Called ‘NerveGear’, the system aims to closely connect people’s virtual lives to their real ones – bringing them both to an end at the same time.
If someone dies in a virtual reality game or experience while wearing the headset, then they will be killed in real life at the same time, Mr Luckey said.
It does this by detecting the specific shade of red that shows when a person dies, meaning that developers could easily integrate the system. After that red shows, three explosive modules explode, “immediately destroying the user’s brain”.
Mr Luckey said the system was still unfinished. He aims to make it impossible to remove or destroy the headset so that people remain stuck in virtual reality.
And because of the limitations of the design, and the danger that it could fail and kill people at the wrong time, he has yet to try it himself, he said in a blog announcing the new system.
Mr Luckey said that while the technology was currently “just office art”, he intended to get thinking about game design. But he also said it appears to be the first time such a system has been created, and “it won’t be the last”.
“The idea of connecting your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me – you immediately raise the stake to the maximum level and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players in it,” Mr. Luckey wrote in it . the blog post announcing the ‘NerveGear’.
“Pumped up graphics might make a game look more real, but only the threat of serious consequences can make a game feel real to you and every other person in the game. This is an area of video game mechanics that has never been explored, despite the long history of real sports revolving around similar interests.
The technology was created to celebrate the events of the anime Sword Art Online, and was announced on the date similar fictional technology is created in that game, and the name of the equipment is taken from that. In SAOplayers are placed in a virtual dungeon and must fight their way out – but if they are unsuccessful, they die in real life.
Mr. Luckey is most famous for creating Oculus, the virtual reality company, and its early headsets. The company was bought by Meta, then Facebook, in 2014, and the two were gradually integrated.
He left the company in 2017 amid criticism of his pro-Trump political views, although Facebook has always denied that was the reason Mr Luckey was fired.
Since then, Mr. Luckey has continued his interest in virtual reality but has also focused on defense technologies. In his blog, Mr. Luckey mentioned that NerveGear was built using “explosive charge modules that I usually use for a different project,” which may be related to that work.