I know some people will want to disagree with this idea, but hear me out first.
At the moment the only ways the see where you are going at night are to use torches or flares. But people can see you coming from a mile away. This would be fine but what if you are trying to follow someone or just survey an area without attracting 15 noobs looking for light. I think night vision goggles would fit this need fairly well. I originally thought about a night vision scope, but since modern weapons are being made more rare, this would be made less effective. Night vision goggles could be from airdrops only and non craft able to prevent unfair advantages to the higher tiered players.
You might be thinking “This sounds op, it will just make it harder for people without night vision goggles to retaliate against people with them.” That’s why night goggles should have a critical weakness where they are very sensitive to light. Being within 50 meters of a fire or torch could case huge lens flare and make it difficult to see exactly what you are looking at. They would make you go blind if you dare wear them during the day. This gives new players an easy defense, as within 5 minutes of spawning you have access to torches and campfires. Another con for night vision goggles would be that they take up your helmet slot. This probably doesn’t sound threatening but being without your Kevlar helmet can be a great disadvantage. And having to manually go into your inventory and take off your night vision goggles before entering someone’s lit up home is time consuming and leaves you defenseless while you are changing helmets.
Overall I think this tool sounds balanced and provides a very situational, but effective, way to see without being seen.