Microsoft unveiled Illumiroom at CES earlier this week and it’s one of those, “you need to see it to believe it”, type of products. The announcement came with a trailer that shows exactly what they have in mind for the future of gaming. According to Microsoft’s official site, Illumiroom uses a Kinect paired with a projector to “augment the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.”
This is huge news, not just for gaming, but for visual entertainment as a whole. We’ve all seen the amazing applications 3D can have, so now imagine if that depth spread out from your television to your entire living room. Peripheral vision has always been absent in first person, but now you’ll have the entire landscape projected against your wall. Towering skyscrapers will loom over you in full view while standing at their base. Even weather effects will become more realistic as it really seems like it’s snowing in your house. There is no price tag on this yet as it is still a prototype, nor is it clear whether or not it will be built in with the new Xbox 720. Hopefully we will get to see some games running on it in the near future!