Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has created a VR headset that can apparently kill you in real life if you die in-game.

Luckey revealed the killing machine on his personal blog. He said that he designed a VR headset with three embedded explosive charges on top that can apparently “instantly destroy the brain of the user.”

The explosion is rigged by a “narrow-band photosensor that can detect when the screen flashes red at a specific frequency,” Luckey explained.

However, Luckey did make it clear that the modified Meta Quest Pro is currently “just a piece of office art” and is a “thought-provoking reminder of unexplored avenues in game design.”


Luckey explained further that “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 apparently took inspiration from Sword Art Online (SAO), a Japanese novel series. The story is about a virtual reality MMORPG.

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In that story, thousands of SAO players were apparently trapped in a NerveGear headset on November 6, 2022. The players were threatened to be killed using a hidden microwave generator when they die in-game or if they try to remove the headset.

You can read the full blog post here.

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