Oculus Rift VR headset creator and founder Palmer Luckey says he’s created a new virtual reality device that kills users in real life if they’ve died inside the game they’re playing.
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The 30-year-old entrepreneur was inspired to create the device after watching an anime show called Sword Art Online where players of a VR video game are trapped in the virtual world until they lose, after which the headset kills them in reality.
“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,” Palmer wrote in a recent blog post.
“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 videogame mechanics that has never been explored, despite the long history of real-world sports revolving around similar stakes,” he added.
According to Palmer, he already figured out the part of the headset “that kills you,” but he doesn’t explain how this was tested.