Oculus founder confirms work on new VR headset: "It's really cool"

Oculus founder confirms work on new VR headset:

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is working on a VR headset designed for military and other purposes.


Palmer Luckey teased in early June that he was working on a new VR headset.

He confirmed this during a panel discussion at the AWE 2024 conference in Long Beach, California.

"I'm still very much in the hardware space. I'm actually building a new headset right now. It's driven by military requirements, but it's also going to be used for non-military stuff, and it's really cool. It's really something.

Luckey did not reveal any technical details about the headset, and the informal announcement suggests that the project is still in the early stages of development. With the early announcement, Luckey is looking for people to help him with the development.


It is not clear from Luckey's comments if this is a personal project or if the headset is being developed by his defense company, Anduril Industries. Since Luckey talks about military requirements, the latter is probably the case, but this has not been confirmed.


It is also unclear whether the product will be affordable for consumers. If it is indeed being developed by Anduril Industries, this is unlikely to be the case.


Palmer Luckey: From VR headsets to defense and back again

Palmer Luckey was building VR headsets as a teenager. In 2012, he and others founded Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook two years later. In 2017, Luckey was ousted from the company for political reasons. That same year, he founded Anduril Industries, which develops anti-drone drones, among other things, and currently employs 2,500 people.

During the Ukraine war, goggle-controlled FPV drones proved to be a decisive weapon and important reconnaissance tool on the modern battlefield, so it makes sense that Anduril Industries would be developing VR headsets for this very purpose. Another possible application is in military simulators.