Microsoft plans to illuminate gaming

Illumiroom could take gaming to a whole new level by mapping environments around your living room

11 Jan 2013


There's nothing like immersing yourself in a game for a few hours, or 12, to leave reality behind, but what if you actually could step into a different world?


While we're still a bit far away from Tron-esque good times - keep dreaming - Microsoft is aiming to do the next best thing by tricking your mind into believing that is the case.

Illumiroom is a new gaming feature that the computer giant unveiled for the first time in a proof-of-concept video at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

It projects in-game images on the walls surrounding a television so that the action expands beyond the confines of the screen to fill a player's entire peripheral vision.

Imagine how much better it would be on CoD or Battlefield if you could quickly identify where the enemy is going to flank you, or how cool it would be to quickly dodge a flying grenade but still get to enjoy the explosion out the corner of your eye.

Microsoft said the images seen on the video where produced in real-time with no effects added later on in post-processing.

The impressive effects are achieved through a Kinect sensor and a projector, with the sensor scanning to the room to ensure the images contour with other objects in the room, such as bookcases or lamps.

At the moment the idea is still very much a work in progress, but if it is any indication of what Microsoft has in store for its next Xbox console, well, we're just simply being spoilt.