Oculus Discourages Jump Scares and 360-Degree Game Previews Are Coming Says Palmer Luckey

by Ian Hamilton • January 11th, 2016

Following a Reddit Q&A session last week where he apologized for not properly preparing enthusiasts for the Rift’s $600 price, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey answered more questions from enthusiasts on the PC Master Race subreddit.


Palmer Luckey, who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, says he shares a house with six people and this is his PC setup at home where they play on a LAN together.

When asked if Oculus would add a “PTSD” rating for horror experiences, Luckey said no but wrote “we are strongly discouraging developers from using jump scares. They are such a cheap way to get a reaction in VR.”

In the same thread he also wrote “when you visit the store page for a game, we can load a 360-degree capture of a scene from the game, which gives you a much better sense of the game than a normal screenshot or video.”

Luckey confirmed Rift will be comfortable for people with glasses too, writing “we have a facial interface designed specifically for people with glasses.”

Asked “what’s the most creative use of your hardware you’ve seen?” Luckey replied “I can’t really talk about it.”

When asked about foveated rendering, which would use eye-tracking to more efficiently render a scene for VR, Luckey wrote it was “great” but “not quite ready for prime-time. Eye-tracking for foveated rendering is much harder than eye-tracking for user interfaces.”

Asked what his favorite “adult drink” is, Luckey replied “I don’t drink alcoholic drinks, actually.”

Given his audience of PC enthusiasts, Luckey also teased a machine he is building:

I am currently working on a new PC that people might find pretty interesting. I have experimented with liquid nitrogen cooling in the past, but it is a huge pain to work with in any kind of daily use, and can also be dangerous. My new project is a very small super-powerful PC with no heatsinks and no fans – it is cooled by liquid propane, boiled into gaseous propane in an expansion block. From there, I can either compress back into a tank under high pressure, or vent out of a burner nozzle for supercooling to subzero temps. If I had more time, I would vent the propane to a small turbine generator hooked up to the PSU, but I can’t justify that kind of work right now.


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