IllumiRoom Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Earlier this year we were introduced to Microsoft‘s living room table top projector named the IllumiRoom at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. This neat gadget was designed to project images around your television and across any room which would allow gamers to be literally surrounded by their games while they played. This piece of hardware was shown to us before any news about the upcoming Xbox One Console and there was much speculation about whether this would be incorporated into Microsoft’s next generation console as a peripheral however the word is out and this innovative device is being taken back to the drawing board. The device would use a Kinect or similar camera to map a players gaming room and then project images which would extend the game visuals beyond the edges of the television incorporating the entire room, furniture and all. After many curious gamers were left wondering what had happened to the IllumiRoom when it received no mention during E3 and the Xbox One event news has finally been released. Unfortunately for all those curious about the expected release of the IllumiRoom Microsoft has come out saying that the device is not ready for production due to the incredibly high cost of a unit to consumers. During an interview given to AusGamers Albert Penello revealed that although the device was great inside the lab with Microsoft funding that the unit would cost the average consumers nearly $1000. Since virtually no one has that kind of cash laying around to experience the advanced projections this device offered it has become apparent that the current technology has not reached the point where this type of innovation will become available to average consumer. As disappointed as we all are that the IllumiRoom is not ready for the mass market hopefully this technology will find its way into future releases by Microsoft and not go to waste in their vaults.

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