Microsoft Illumiroom Could Change How You Play Games [VIDEO]

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We all know that the Kinect, when it was shown in video form at E3 2009, looked amazing. We also know that the finished product pretty much failed to deliver on everything that was promised and ended up being relegated to a toy, rather than anything that changed the way we interacted with our console. Well hold on to your hats – Microsoft is now showing off something that yet again could revolutionize gaming, if it works of course.

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During the recent CES tech conference, Microsoft Research and Samsung showed off a joint project called Illumiroom. In essence a much more advanced version of the Phillips AMBX tech from a few years back, the idea is that using a future version of the Kinect and additional peripherals your entire living room space becomes your gaming world, not just your TV screen.OK so that all sounds like a sci-fi dream world, but the technology behind the concept is actually pretty simple. A projector which could potentially be tied in to a new Xbox console displays additional images around your living room which can enhance your game. Some examples shown in the video below include particle and rippling effects when you fire a weapon in a first person shooter, through to snowflakes falling around you in a kart racer, and even a more low-res version of a game world expanding beyond your TV.

It all looks genuinely impressive, and the capacity for it to tie in with the rumored AR Forteleza glasses makes the mind boggle with possibilities. For now though it is only a step above a proof of concept, although rest assured that Microsoft boffins are planning how to release it to gamers as we speak. What do you guys think? Could this technology swing you towards selecting the Xbox for your next-gen gaming needs? Or does it all look like a gimmick to you? Let us know below. Either way, expect to hear more at the CHI2013 conference in April.

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Mark Coupe

Mark Coupe

Writer at ZoKnowsGaming
I'm a UK based gamer, as well as being more obsessed with video games and Doctor Who that any adult has a right to be. I keep telling myself I will grow up one day, but certainly not if I can help it.
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