Microsoft IllumiRoom envisions an Xbox 720 'with a projector'

Five minute video shows off Microsoft's reality-bending proof-of-concept device.

Microsoft's IllumiRoom could sit on coffee tables and interact with the Xbox 720, a new report claims.

The proof-of-concept IllumiRoom device would work with Kinect to gather information about a gamer's living room, and then project lights around their television set to extend the image displayed on the screen in real-time.

Microsoft looks likely to reveal more about the device at the CHI 2013 event in Paris, France tomorrow.

A video released by Microsoft says that self-calibrating IllumiRoom can "change the appearance of the room" to "distort reality, extend field of view, and enable entirely new gaming experiences."

"IllumiRoom envisions a next-generation gaming console with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds your television with projected light," says one IllumiRoom video obtained by The Verge.

By using what the video calls radial wobble, for instance, the IllumiRoom can appear to make the living room shake to gunshot fire. "By distorting and reprojecting the room texture," says the video "it is possible to warp reality and make it appear that the room itself is responding to the game."

Other effects shown include falling snowflakes that can bounce off furniture or speed up depending on the actions taking place in-game.

The device is even shown working with Gearbox's Borderlands and Valve's mind-bending puzzler Portal.

Microsoft has released research notes and a five minute video showing the device in action:

Microsoft will reveal its next-generation console on May 21.

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saygoodie
saygoodie

why not a build a Quality affordable projector to play a game in full screen?....1080p?

Owner34
Owner34

I'm sorry but I don't think that is very cool at all, just look at how bad the projections look! It might be cool with some third-person games, but I feel like it's weird when its first person because its not like extended peripherals its like seeing everywhere . . . 

jark888
jark888

Awesome!!! Gotta see it in real action.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

This looks amazing and I can't wait to get it (that is if the price is right). Hopefully the new kinect will be what most of us expected it to be originally (and more) and that this with it will be as good as it looks.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

even if xbox is going to have sex with me :

 always on = i won't buy it 


my internet was just down for last 2 days !

hajjjustin
hajjjustin

This is a cute littel device that open some posible new features, but if teh price poit is to high than this will fail. I would get this only if it was under 75 dollars, and only because it would give me an advantage at FPS.

gothemile
gothemile

Can you say "somebodies about to get an epileptic seizure" in French?

Metronoid
Metronoid

Take my car,take my home (well for the size of the room I will need another home). 


Ps: Maybe they will make a way to install the projector in the wall instead the coffe table, helping people with too much space.

Scarshi
Scarshi

What is a coffee table? :)

emerin76
emerin76

we're getting closer to that 'holodeck' experience that we want so much.  I like it.  Will my wife let me buy one...doubt it! haha

megakick
megakick

So first person shooter becomes third person. Looks cool but I wouldnt buy it.

Whitescarver
Whitescarver

This looks pretty neat. For me I can't see it really working, I'm the type of guy who pulls chair in front of the entertainment center and kicks back to play games, I can't even grasp how someone can play a game 10 feet away on a couch to a 40" television (concept video). Besides, I won't pay an extra $250 - $350 on top of a $400 - $500 console just for a blurry outer image around my TV, no doubt it'll help with immersion, but it's not practical to me. 

64-bit
64-bit

playing this with Dead Space will make you shit for real. 

J-007
J-007

Way cool!! 

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

I got to say, that looks ****in' awesome!!!!!


*Feeling the Xbox love returning..*

macca366
macca366

I think its awesome. It would definitely augment my game experience for the better. Can imagine a noir-style level, the rain illusion dripping in the room etc. Not that it will necessarily move games forward, but definitely an enjoyable feature. Of course, I stopped playing xbox in the living room years ago, I just sit at my desk and play it through my PC monitor. Not sure if I could go back to sitting so far away from the screen..

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Sweet looks cool, another cool feature to add to my living room of tech. 

CarlosZombie
CarlosZombie

Want a bigger image? Buy a bigger tv.

So much enrgy and money invested in an almost useless gimmick....

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

Maybe not world changing but looks like it would be really cool.... for the right price (the big kicker).

mingolo
mingolo

Compared to the Oculus Rift, this is just an useless gimmick.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Nintendo is bound to be jealous of this, come to think of it. Cause this is the type of thing that could have given the Wii U that extra edge..

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

and whats this mean - do i gotta buy an expensive projector? 

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Ms is going to over take Nintendo on producing useless gimmicks that do not push gaming forward. This better stay concept. 

If they want to do something that actually moves things forward in the world of gaming support the Oculus Rift instead of waiting 5 years when VR is well established, then jumping into the market and failing hilariously. 

Honestly. MS is just brutal at pretty much everything lately. They literally have commercials for their browser and search engine..seriously? I thought a browser and a search engine was the best form of advertising on? 


wyan_
wyan_

Cool, but it would be way cooler if Microsoft just bought the Oculus Rift. No expensive monitors or projectors needed.

supershmo
supershmo

stupid gimmicks, cant we just focus on games

xSagez
xSagez

This is super fuckin impressive.

tranceology3
tranceology3

Won't this only work if you are sitting in the correct perspective zone? Sorta like how glasses free 3D TVs work, where there are angles that ruin the 3D effect.

The demo in  the video, where it makes the walls bounce would only work if you are sweet spot, would look very strange, and ruin the experience if you were looking at it from a different angle. 


inaka_rob
inaka_rob

VERY COOL! BUT... I sit 4 feet away from my 42inch tv. which is actually optimal viewing distance. There is NO room for a coffe table between me and my tv. 

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

It's an intriguing idea... maybe down the road in the future it could be something more but as of now not really interested in this type of "gimmicks" sadly to say just like kinect but yes I can't knock ms for trying new things so... meh...

Divad222
Divad222

Looks pretty cool....as cool as the kinect did before it hit the market. Im curious about the price tag on this bad boy

ValHazzard
ValHazzard

this looks quite fun...stop complaining and just don't use it, it's not mandatory.

chiller_da
chiller_da

wait a minute! PC gamers get Oculus rift, and some of you guys think this is cool? well, it`s NOT cool. console gamers should demand VR headset. Nothing less

davet666
davet666

LOL!!! @ 3:43 Altoids. product placement anyone? a vision of the future?

davet666
davet666

Anyone notice at 1:06 on the tv screen it shows a windows desktop? maybe this could be used for pc also?

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Falling snow flakes falling off furnisher?... why in a million years would this enhance a gaming experience? such a dumb little gimmick.

freesoulvw
freesoulvw

The demos made me grin. If this is to come out this gen then I might have to move my bed,nightstand,and bookshelf into my living room and make my bedroom into a perfect gaming space. Just a chair a flatscreen and this. Good job MS on getting my interest in your next gen. 

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Clean bollox. Some of this stuff won't look 10% as good as this vid make people believe.

deadpen
deadpen

It is odd, my nes had to be loaded with extreme care, a game in itself. The graphics were great for the time but the story line was the focus, now if it does not look real or so colorful that 85 kids in japan have to die from the flashing lights on launch day. Plus they evolved with each game mario 1-2-3 may have almost been the same but they got better as they went along then super mario world dropped a bomb being crazy amazing. Same with the Zelda games 1 from the top 2 from the side the BOOM link to the past was the first elder scrolls oblivion. What has been different about Call of duty since World at War? I do not want a "virtual" world cause it isn't like Lawnmower Man LOL no but you know what I mean, suspended in the air having total control of everything feeling with your hands and so on. You know there will be rules with this like your coffee table has to be moved or the feet of the guy you are shooting will be behind you. Just learn how to total recall people and forget this crap.

lilcurt1978
lilcurt1978

i think this would add alot to game play and the atmosphere of the room itself. I see many people are calling it another gimmick. then I guess the wii u is a big ass gimmick then also . any way this reminds me of a virtual environment and has great potential.  

Graduk
Graduk

Wow! More gimmicks..

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I like! I am excited to see this race between VR through environment manipulation vs. sensory stimulation, i.e. holodeck vs. PS7. No matter who wins, I will be entertained like never before.

ganonshin
ganonshin

I will be running my Next xbox on a 110" projector screen @ 1080p (like I run my Xbox 360 now). So how will it work for me, as my image at the moment already fills the whole wall of my room.