Oculus Creator Making VR Headset That Can Kill You If You Die In Game

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19:  A man experiences Google's new Daydream View VR headset at a New York City pop-up shop on October 19, 2017 in New York City. The temporary store in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan sells and demonstrates such Google products as the new Pixel 2 phone, home speakers, pixel Buds, and the Daydream View VR headset.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus headset which now serves as the backbone for Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse ambitions, announced in a blog post that he has developed a Virtual Reality headset that can kill people for real if they die in the game. Luckey for sure has upped the stakes of losing in a game to another level.
  • According to Luckey’s blog titled “If you die in the game, you die in real life”, the VR headset, ‘NerveGear’, featured in the anime TV series Sword Art Online inspired him to create the deadly gaming device.
  • “The idea of tying your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me — you instantly raise the stakes to the maximum level and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players inside it,” Luckey said.

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