As if the immersive experiences of virtual reality couldn't get any better, the designer of the Oculus Rift headset plans to raise the stakes with a VR device that could kill the player if they die in the game.
Palmer Luckey, 30, announced he's working on a VR game that kills the player if they die in-game.
To do so, gamers must strap anlosive device to their head, with module charges said to be placed directly on the forebrain with the terrifying new headset.
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Should a player hit zero points or a game over screen, they'll receive a nasty, explosive blow to the head that will, if the designs are done correctly, kill them.
Former Oculus head Luckey is crafting the eerie-looking death kit in commemoration of anime programme Sword Art Online, with the once-reasonable headset now fitted with three explosive tubes.
Charge modules do add a new layer of danger to coming last in a round of Mario Kart, and designs for the death set have already been outlined by Luckey in a recent blog post.
The Oculus founder, which was bought out by Mark Zuckerberg's Meta company for a hefty £1.7billion, said that he was hoping to add "serious consequences" to the choices players make.
Should the player find themselves tending crops poorly or blasted out by an enemy in game, Luckey hopes to allow users to "raise the stakes to the maximum level".
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He wrote: "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.
"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."
Although based on a series of characters from Sword Art Online, a show about players being trapped in a virtual reality game where if they die in-game, they die in real life, Luckey hopes to make the project its own morbid creation.
He added: "The good news is that we are halfway to making a true NerveGear. The bad news is that so far, I have only figured out the half that kills you."
Players hoping for that next level would find "charges fire" into their brain which Luckey described as "instantly destroying the brain of the user", Vice reported.
Conceding that he has "not worked up the balls to actually use it myself", the option may soon be available to those wanting a bit more fear in their Football Manager saves.
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