Microsoft says IllumiRoom tech too expensive for Xbox One

Microsoft's projector and Kinect combination would cost the average consumer "thousands of dollars."

Microsoft's IllumiRoom, the prototype technology that mixes a Kinect sensor with projectors to paint your living room with effects, is unlikely to be released to consumers.

"I wouldn't expect you'll see that," said Xbox One director of product planning Albert Penello to Ausgamers during Gamescom 2013 in August.

Penello explained that the prototype hardware currently costs too much for the average consumer.

"It's really super-neat if you're in the lab and you've got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it's, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up]."

In April, Microsoft's original pitch for the device said that "IllumiRoom envisions a next-generation gaming console with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds your television with projected light." The device would project light around your television screen to convey effects, such as shaking when guns are fired, or having falling snowflakes appear to bounce off furniture in the room.

A five-minute video of the technology showed IllumiRoom working with Gearbox's Borderlands and Valve's Portal.

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x2rufff4u
x2rufff4u

Love it! I'll buy one!1 TakE My MONEY!

jark888
jark888

This would be a nice innovative addition to the next generation of Xbox. However, it's going to be expensive on both end, consumers and developers. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

So what do they intend to use it for? Who are the customers? You can't just create something that could be cool and then not sell it. That's greedy (it's mine, my precious!), if nothing else :P.

ForCommenting
ForCommenting

All I'm reading is that microsoft used some part of the budget on discovering how much some tech will cost for the consumer.

So yeah, bummer

Before going all "you're a xboxhater" on me, note that I did not use the word Sony in the above section nor any insinuation that Sony would never make that mistake or on the contrary, does it all the time. So direct your anger on a ps3/xbox (depends what you're hating) instead of irritating other commenters with your close-minded attitude.

bobo573
bobo573

i thought it was a nice gimmick not overly disapointed that the xbox will not have this but once again another lie from microsoft. Surely a few months ago when they tried to say this will be on the next gen they would have known it was going to be this expensive.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I would've loved this on the X1. Definitely would've traded a kinect for this.

Luis Torres
Luis Torres

@ kinan Patel, only fanboy in this room is u lil buddy. Just speaking the truth, u don't have to like it, but, you will read and respect the facts. U probably still stuck on the wii and are mad cause u can't afford a new Xbox one. Mommy doesn't pay u that much to take out the garbage. Like I said, gaystation part 4 was targeted for the mentally challenged. You being the one to buy it, my point proven!

Michael Blackbillygates Barkley
Michael Blackbillygates Barkley

and wat is your point..and why are you even commenting on my status with that silly question...go learn something sir

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

I thought you were supposed to shove it down the consumers' throats and start a "#DealWithIt" trend...

Adenosine
Adenosine

This technology is not yet ready to be enjoyed. The requirements for this to work "properly" are just too much for the common gamer to handle. Not everyone lives in a spacious place. 

I hope that someday, this thing evolves into some kind of virtual reality where the game is not simply projected into your walls and solid objects, but all around you as if you're really in the game.

Neil Dutta
Neil Dutta

Boo Hiss!I so wanted to have this feature!

Nick Getley
Nick Getley

Do you have a point? Or just a dictionary handy?

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

pussys; more 180's than imaginable.

Edwin Marcel
Edwin Marcel

what a shame. then what was the whole point of showcasing it?

ixmardukxi
ixmardukxi

Already saw it as a gimmick anyway, microsoft should invest this in more exclusive games

Rúben Viegas
Rúben Viegas

^dat. Im a pc gamer but this looked very promising, oh well, I still have oculus rift c:

Gokul Pradeep
Gokul Pradeep

the only thing which can win the gamers heart is not coming

mrveryodd
mrveryodd

A lot of Microsoft bashers here . You do realise Sony are no better . People have forgotten Sony and Linux on the ps3 ... I know people who bought a ps3 for just that reason . Talk about a 180 , and that was after they bought the thing

mathg04
mathg04

They forgot the one percent. If I learned something from kickstarter than it is the detail that there are enough idiots who have 10'000$ on the side to pay for useless "VIP gimmiks".

GezForce
GezForce

More smoke and mirrors from Microsoft. 

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

So it's just a overhyped, unaffordable, unusable, XBone exclusive, purely for generating marketing hype product then.
As it's basically just a projector with some gimmicks to begin with, I don't even want to know how much they'd charge for the spare lamp replacement and how many hours of lifetime it'd have.

Wait until post-release, when it turns out that the new Kinect is as worthless, inaccurate und unresponsive as the old one and only a small fraction of games actually makes use of it anyways.

Liamm Unwin
Liamm Unwin

Well what a suprise, Microsoft keeping the good stuff for themselves again!

JRD1912
JRD1912

Too bad, this tech is actually pretty god damn awesome.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Projectors have been around for a while now, and I'm not talking about the ones that were used in school. Do they still use those? I would doubt it. I am a little surprised they are still so expensive seeing how we are in the technical age and what not and they are pretty good at revising and making things cheaper.

Relvar
Relvar

SO? Sign me up!!! Where can I pay the thousands of dollars.... I REALLY want this!

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

See if MS were smart they should of forced it into the box at Launch LOL..

Dean Shaw
Dean Shaw

classic comment you deserve a medal for that hahahaha

Dean Shaw
Dean Shaw

stupid question its for people willing to give them more money for the tech and for rich snobs

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Wow people will eat any piece of shit they are fed. Do people really think this would be practical in their home? It would dominate the entire room, end up distracting rather than helping and end up collecting dust alongside any other MS attempts at developing gimmicks without a good gimmick. 

Abdulilah Al-Rasheed
Abdulilah Al-Rasheed

I wouldn't want that feature. I don't want to get seizures or something with this thing. I am not trying to bash it. But maybe come out with something better.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I would've paid upwards of $500-$600 for it. It's an awesome piece of tech that takes game immersion to the next level without having to wear ridiculous looking head gear. I just don't get why it would cost thousands of dollars. It's a projector and the software is Microsofts... so where's the thousands of dollars coming from? Unless Microsoft would have to license it from someone else. But I still don't buy the [thousands of dollars] line.  

johnritter4141
johnritter4141

As expensive as it is,and something i could never afford, there would be those that could...give the consumers a choice! everbody wins

4love10
4love10

of course IllumiRoom tech won't be on Xbox One,IllumiRoom tech will be a feature for the Xbox Two.

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

This is like saying, "I can do a back flip,  but I can't perform if someone is watching me."  Absolutely useless. 

wrestlingdude
wrestlingdude

@bloody-hell You can't accept that the PS4 might be stomped.  It's obvious.  You're a liberal sony advocate.  I'm buying both systems, but I know my PS4 will only be used for their exclusives and might gather dust.  Just like my PS3.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Amit Kejriwal That is a very dumb statement, being the two pieces of hardware do completely different things, while accomplishing similar end results of better immersion.  

A good example would be if you're going somewhere. You can take a train or a car. Both get to the same destination but in different ways and neither encroaches on the others territory

Relvar
Relvar

@Vodoo Thank you....but as a guy who's been hit by a train, trust me they occupy the same territory.......


I think what the dude meant is that people are fine with the immersion they get from a rift.... I disagree with the point, but it's a valid opinion with some merit to it.... honestly, I think this would destroy the rift and anything else similar..... but i'm sure someone will come up with something similar in a few years and MS will be kicking themselves for not pushing this.