Microsoft's new IllumiRoom puts a living room in your Xbox (Durango?) (images)

Microsoft's new IllumiRoom puts a living room in your Xbox (Durango?) (images)

Summary: Many expect Microsoft to announce its next-generation Xbox (720 or Durango maybe?) but it could be missing one its best features - a projector which extends your video over an entire wall.

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  • According to Microsoft, illumiRoom "can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new experiences." Selective focus creates and effect in one section of the room.

    Credit: Brent Jones, Microsoft

  • IllumiRoom can even produce effects outside of the TV screen, like this explosion.

    Credit: Brent Jones, Microsoft

  • Kinect cameras and projectors are used to transmit the IllumiRoom images.

    Credit: Brett Jones, Microsoft

Topic: Microsoft

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  • One step closer...

    This is gonna be the precursor to Star Trek's holodeck, I'm telling you!
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  • Microsoft's new IllumiRoom puts a living room in your Xbox (Durango?) (imag

    That is a very nice set up that is turning gaming up a notch. It turns your 32" TV into a 72" screen adding more realism. Now we need to see what kind of sound output you have and yes this just may be one step closer to the holodeck.
    • From 360 to 720 is a Full Rotation

      And that brings you back to Ground Zero. Sounds like a lateral improvement. Whereas some might interpret the name change to mean the 720 is twice as good as the 360. That may be a stretch.

      Not exactly on pins and needles here, I prefer pinball. Old school. Lot more expensive too. There is something about being able to shake the machine to the tilt limit that is missing in video games.

      Anything to quiet the Google and Apple fans that bad mouth MS is a good thing.

      Me I am unbiased, I will bad mouth all three. Google is the worst or the three. And the litigious APPL is a disgusting company with worthless product. Opps, I'm rambling, time to go get more beer, store closes in 10 minutes.
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  • "IllumiRoom can even produce effects outside of the TV screen"

    Call me crazy, but if you're already needing to project this image on a wall, why not just use the projector? I don't really see a reason to have the TV there since, you know, projectors can show the image where the TV screen should be, too.
    • Exactly...

      I don't see anyone who has spent money on a good tv, to also run out and buy a projector just to illuminate their bookshelf.

      I use a projector as my primary TV screen and it makes no sense why I would buy a TV and shrink my viewing area to utilize this tech.
    • I think

      It's more of a low end projector where everyone can buy doesn't have that high of a resolution to act as a tv by itself.
      • doesn't matter if it is low end

        You still have to mount the thing somewhere, together with Kinect. And feed cables there, presumably to the game console. A very unwieldy setup.

        What Microsoft demonstrates here is "look, we found out how to do this" -- but it is far from an product, that can appeal to the mass user. For fans, yes. For the general public... unlikely.
        • That's assuming they don't market an

          all in one wireless device. I'm guessing by the time it's ready to come out you won't have to mount a kinect and projector like they have it in the picture. I'd hope they'd put it all together and make setup a little easier.
          Sam Wagner
          • let's hope for that, but

            You will still need to hang that "receiver/kinect/projector" box somewhere (likely at the middle of your room) and at least feed it electricity. You don't want to be near a wireless powered device like an projector....

            Might be, some time in the future, a small flying projector with integrated fusion reactor will do it :-)
        • How can you say it is far from an product that can appeal to the masses?

          Nobody knows boo about it.

          What I think MS demonstrates here is something that companies like Sony and Nintendo have no clue how to do, but are now wising they did.

          I'm only going on the exact same info you are.
          William Farrel
          • if you are mainstream user of entertainment tech

            You'll you install this construction in the middle of your room?

            Most people will not. Doesn't matter how "innovative" the technology is. In order to be adopted it has to be convenient. Compare, Microsoft had tablets decade ago. In order for the mainstream to notice tablets, it took Apple to do what they did.

            Fanboy technology? Yes! Some challenge resolved? Yes! But that's about it.
    • An extention of the TV, perhaps.

      As the illistration shows, the primary area of action appears to be the television itself, with the projector filling in the areas surrounding the TV that for the moment remain unused.

      To utilize that existing space, include it into the overall game would add a new level of spatial realism, without the need to have a high end projector and large, dedicated empty viewing area for it's use.

      I can tell you that there is not an empty wall in my entire house that would allow me to utilize a projector, so something like this would be nice.
      John Zern
    • Crazy

      Did you not watch the video?
      It supplement's and do a lot of other cool things for the game or room.
      I love the way it can take a room and augment and distort it
      Its more than just a projector.
  • Prohibitive Price

    Although many of us would like to see this stuff in the gaming room, the projector required to display the content would unlikely be affordable enough to create a real successful consumer device.
    Eventually, yes. Short term? I really doubt it.
    Not ripe yet.
  • Sounds gimmicky.

    While IllumiRoom could potentially be a cool feature - I don't think it's strictly required for the next generation of the Xbox. It does sound a bit gimmicky, and I doubt it would constitute a "buy / not buy" decision by a consumer.

    Thoughts on specs posted on the last page:

    "12 shader cores providing a total of 768 threads"

    Meh, that's weak. Let's hope for more actual cores: The nVidia Titan doesn't have "just a dozen cores with more threads" - it has 2688 actual cores (and claims 4.5 TFLOPS - far more than the 1.2 TFLOPS you are claiming for the next-gen Xbox).

    If Microsoft gives it "12 cores / 768 threads," nobody's going to be impressed at all.

    "Other rumored features include voice recognition, Wi-Fi and Skype."

    WiFi I'm certain they'll add; it's a pretty standard feature for consoles. Even the Wii has WiFi.

    The only question is whether they'll make online play free or charge for it.

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if they added voice recognition and Skype. They do seem to be moving towards making it more than just a gaming console.
    • a gimmick is something

      That has no functional purpose. It has one. It makes gaming more immersive and its a good idea.
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      • It does seem gimmicky.

        "a gimmick is something
        That has no functional purpose. It has one. It makes gaming more immersive and its a good idea."

        Well, one could argue that making a game "more immersive" isn't always the same as serving a functional purpose.

        The game still functions even without the feature; it's not strictly required to play the game. Indeed, since the feature requires owning a projector, which is a piece of equipment not everybody owns, it would be foolish to make a game actually require the feature in order to play it.

        That, plus the dictionary doesn't really list "having no functional purpose" as a requirement for being a gimmick. It's more along the lines of unnecessary features. Being as the feature isn't strictly necessary to use the Xbox, I'd say it fits the definition.

        gim·mick [gim-ik] Show IPA
        1. an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal.
        2. a concealed, usually devious aspect or feature of something, as a plan or deal: An offer that good must have a gimmick in it somewhere.
        3. a hidden mechanical device by which a magician works a trick or a gambler controls a game of chance.
        4. Electronics Informal. a capacitor formed by intertwining two insulated wires.
        verb (used with object)
        5. to equip or embellish with unnecessary features, especially in order to increase salability, acceptance, etc. (often followed by up ): to gimmick up a sports car with chrome and racing stripes.