If you die in The Matrix, you die in real life.
VR makes gaming feel more realistic than ever, but what if we could kick it up a notch? Imagine dying in real life if you die in a game. It’s an idea we’ve seen dozens of times in movies, but now we have a real-life concept thanks to Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey.
In a blog post titled, “If you die in the game, you die in real life” Luckey briefly talks about gaming and how he was fired from Facebook after it acquired Oculus. He then starts talking about the Sword Art Online game and the idea of dying in real life while he’s playing a video game.
while in Matrix, if you die, you die in real life because “the body cannot live without the mind”. We’re looking at a similar but different approach here, where Luckey’s VR headset concept will destroy your brain when the game is over.
His version of this popular work of fiction is a VR headset loaded with explosive charges right above your forehead. If the VR headset recognizes a “proper game over” screen, it will detonate and destroy the user’s brain.
Fortunately, Luckey is still working on the concept, and so far he’s only figured out the half that kills you. The system uses a “narrow-band photosensor that can detect when the screen flashes red at a specific frequency”, this triggers the deadly “Game Over” sequence in the headset and you’ll be napping.
No one is actually playing around with this VR headset, and Luckey says he’s hesitant to try it out himself, at least not yet. That said, it would certainly take gaming to a whole new level. It’s worth noting that the deadly technology is probably just a modified Meta Quest Pro and not functional.
Ultimately, the creator says his VR headset is just a thought-provoking piece of art.