Microsoft IllumiRoom deemed too expensive for a consumer launch

By Shawn Knight
Sep 2, 2013
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  1. Microsoft IllumiRoom, the proof-of-concept technology that uses an array of Kinect sensors and projectors to envelop gamers in the on-screen action, will likely never be sold to consumers. First shown off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the device has...

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,941   +1,627

    As with most things that are 'way too expensive to bring to market', this will doubtless reach mainstream consumers in the future, so I'm enthusiastic about the concept. Would I spend money on it for gaming? Probably not. If I'm going to put down money for a VR room, I want an actual holodeck, not a cheap Chinese...err....American knockoff. :p

    However, using this technology to build some type of ultra high-tech workstation...I'd pay for that. I'd pay for that without a second thought.
  3. It looks amazing and I would love to see this come to life someday - but I don't think that will happen for a while.

    I think some of these intelligent people should spend more time looking into vital technology rather than pleasure. Things like space travel and time warping for example =)
  4. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Shades of the Holodeck. Beam me up Scotty.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    Cool concept, just not ready for prime time.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,917   +1,176

    Why smoke weed, IllumiRoom - game + hallucinogenic experience - all one one!

    Sign up, get dumb today!

    Truly yours, MS ;)
  7. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    They just need to make a giant, low-resolution LED wrap that you can position behind your television set. You're not looking directly at this when you game, it's just for ambiance, so it doesn't need to be crisp or clear.
  8. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    The concept sucked, was never ridiculously expensive ($300 projectors, ... three at most?), had zero support, and was of debatable benefit anyway. Good bye.
  10. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 566   +25

    Is it just me or does gaming for say 10 years or so make my eyes adjust faster to light levels? Because I haven't had a problem with that since I was 12
  11. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Enthusiast Posts: 207   +30

    Wow, I was considering an Xbox because of this feature.
    Well at least their honest it ain't worth it to the average consumer.
    I do hope people in the future get to see this.
  12. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 108   +15

    It would have been one of the very few features I'd get an Xbox One for. Already have a projector and TV, wouldn't be too much to use them in the same room. Now it has become just another reason to stick with my PC for gaming. Triple monitors FTW! :p
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,911   +1,704

    Why spend that much money on a setup when you can go to Syria & experience the real thing for a fraction? You'll also get the real time smell of burning flesh which this thing can't do. A no brainer if you ask me :)
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Waiting for the 4D Home Hollow Deck 8K Dual Ultra HD Media Entertainment System.
  15. Bink

    Bink TS Member

    I have a better solution. Which I think is much better... I'm a migraine sufferer, not an ideal condition for a gamer... this would do my head in...

    3 monitor stand. With 3 monitors (4k) NVidia 780 4GB GFX card at a fraction of the price). But you need quite a big desk.

  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Make it happen and post some pictures or even yet some videos on this project idea.
  17. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    3x 4K resolution monitors? Good luck running games on Ultra even with 4x Titan. :D
  18. Bink

    Bink TS Member

    I have a BenQ 27" LED 3D 120Htz monitor that does it for me. Gaming is very good indeed and very smooth.

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