Microsoft IllumiRoom Extended Demo (IGN)

A new, extended look at Microsoft's game-enhancing projection technology, IllumiRoom.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

So they're using a $500 projector for illumiroom? How could they ever make this affordable?

Hey disagree guys tell me why you disagree don't hide and click disagree with no reason behind it:)

Ghost_of_Tsushima1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Anyways I think it's cool I wasn't bashing it in any way I just don't know how they could get the price point right.

JoGam1723d ago

I too think its pretty cool. I hope they add the Illumiroom functionally to the Pizza Hut app. Just imagine a pizza on my wall. My kids will go CRAZY...LOL....I kid I kid.

But seriously, This MS Illumiroom is pretty damn cool. There are tons of possibilities. Honestly imagine playing AAA games using it? I wonder the cost.

BattleAxe1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

That looks amazing. Sony is doing something similar which they showed off at the last Sony event.

dcbronco1723d ago

@Ron Danger and Skate-AK

3D glasses may be cheap now. A few years ago they weren't. It's a dead tech again, that's why it's cheap. A few years ago the glasses were $150-200 each. So compare this technology with other technologies at launch. Like a DVD player. They were $600 at launch. They are $20 now too.

Blackdeath_6631722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

i kind of agree its very impressive certainly not new technology its been used in music concerts and many event of the like, the idea of using a projector to display an augmented reality image. its called projection mapping (here's some examples ). but paying so much money to buy a decent projector which adds nothing to the gameplay seems a bit pointless, it's exactly like playing in a dark room with some lighting effects

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NeverEnding19891723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Going by how quickly 4D TV's have gone down in price, Illumiroom could quickly come down in price as well. Not to mention that Microsoft has about $50 billion sitting around that they don't know what to do with. Why not invest in future tech and take the initial loss? They can afford that risk.

I'm very impressed with this technology. If it's a big part of May 21st, you can bet Sony will quickly be jumping on that bandwagon as well come E3.


Cryptcuzz1723d ago

Microsoft as a company may have a lot of cash sitting around not knowing what to do with it, but with every major corporation, you cannot simply take a huge loss like that without pissing off the shareholders.

I look forward to Microsoft show on May 21st to see the unveil of the Next Xbox, but more so to see if this tech would be a part of their next console and how it would be implemented and ultimately cost.

Skate-AK1723d ago

4D!? I just finally got 3D! Haha.

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dcbronco1723d ago

Some people already own a projector. Some companies expect you to buy a TV for new disc, games or formats like 3D. 3D TVs require $150 glasses for each person. If you've got three kids you're looking at $750 for the family. The projector is much cheaper and has more function than the glasses.

Ron_Danger1723d ago

Except this isn't 3D... It's just a projector... And passive 3D glasses are under $20 on amazon.

Skate-AK1723d ago

8 pairs of glasses came with my 3D TV and it's awesome.

dedicatedtogamers1723d ago

Seems like an expensive toy with no gameplay utility.

Good Lord, I miss the day of a freakin' controller! Motion controls, tablet controls, hands-free wonder gaming is on the decline.

Campy da Camper1723d ago

Preach it brotha! Give me a controller, my recliner, sennheiser 380 HD pros headphones and my Sammy LED TV then go away for 9 hours Lol.

turnerdc1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

The same way they spent $30,000 to build the first Kinect prototype and eventually shrunk it down to a $150 retail device while still profiting from each device sold.

Oh_Yeah1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Edit- wrong reply.

Knight_Crawler1723d ago

I think people are disagreeing with you because you are a PS3 troll just like GreenPowers is a 360 troll so its hard to take you guys serious even when you are not trolling.

As to your original question, the key word is Prototype and who knows how old this prototype is as MS would not want to show the finish or almost complete product until May 21 or E3...for all we know MS has managed to dramatically reduce the price.

Eddie201011723d ago

Not that impressive to me. I wouldn't by it.

fei-hung1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

I don't think cost is an issue as much as only betting able to use it when room it's dark.

The video showed what it is like with lights on, but didn't show what it was like with day light.

I have a £600 HD projector and the only time I can use it is as night.

Secondly, once the projector is on, you can't move it as the bulb is extremely fragile and moving it can cause it to break. The bulb also happens to be the most expensive part to replace in a projector. My friend broke his and it cost him about £200+ to replace bulb.

As for cost going down, the bulbs on these things have not gone down in cost in a very long time and I doubt they will anytime soon. Also, the projector will probably need a built in Kinect (doubt MS will put new Kinect tech in projector if old one does the trick at a lower cost.

At the very cheapest, it will cost slightly above the price of a bulb and old Kinect.

Its a shame people who already own projectors can't buy software to emulate the these effects.

digim01722d ago

I wonder how they make it user friendly. Hanging a projector in a room isn't really an out-of-the-box type project.

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Donnieboi1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

This is kinda cool! Not necessary, but it's alrigtht. I hope it's not too expensive, because frankly I don't need it if it is.

But I want to say something here first: IF Sony ends up showing a similar tech at E3 this year, DON'T say they were copying Microsoft (as people like to say that Sony copies idea's).

Sony showed of a similar tech in 2011, with the PS3, and I will provide the video below. Also, Sony filed a patent recently for "Panopticon" which is rumored to be a camera that can project at multiple angles. Know one knows if the rumor is true, but the name Panopticon was registered, and the name Panopticon would fit for a device like the one in the video I provide below (A kind of all seeing cell or prison/room that allows "eyes" to see from all angles--or in this case, a camera that can project from it's eyes/lenses at all directions).

Donnieboi1723d ago

Also, with 3D effects, or multi-angled camera's, look at what else this kind of tech can do (video is below):

JoGam1723d ago

Dude WOW...Questions...When the video started it looked like they was in a livingroom but when It ended, the room was white. Was the room at the start of the video real?

Donnieboi1723d ago

I believe the room was white. The bricks on the wall and the floor (if u look closely in HD and make screen bigger) appear to be 3d rendered projections. The whiteness of the room stands out all the more in the end because the projection ended, as well as the fact that they turned on the ordinary lights for the room.

maniacmayhem1723d ago

Because we all know that since it's on Youtube that means they did it first right?

C'mon now, the whole "Sony did it first" is more played out than the "media biased" angle. Who cares who did it first, it's about who utilized it and brought it to the masses for everyone to enjoy.

Donnieboi1723d ago

Nobody said Sony did it first. All i'm saying is that Sony was the first to PRESENT it to the public. So if anyone says Sony is biting MS, they will know better. And WHY will they know better? Because the video being on youtube goes to show how far back Sony's tech was shown (by looking at the date the video was uploaded). Of course, NEITHER Sony or MS created room illuminating projections. That has been a round a while. But I just wanted to clarify that Sony was doing it ALSO.

So curb your fanboy rage, because all i'm doing is showing tech Sony already showed. If that angers you, I couldn't care any less. The video (and it's date stamp) speaks louder than some guy on n4g.

maniacmayhem1723d ago

A lot of differences with what was shown on your example and what MS is offering to the public.

My point is this, this is what MS is presenting and no one accused or even mentioned Sony of copying or being copied. And do you think that just because a tech demo was put on youtube and "x" date is stamped that no other company had this in their R & D labs doing the same thing?

Maybe you should curb your Sony defense and enjoy what is being shown instead of jumping up and waving "THEY DID IT FIRST" so quickly.

mcnablejr1723d ago

wow look at the other dudes agrees,
n4g for you.

DigitalAnalog1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

Pre-emptive defence is nothing to be surprised about considering that the "copying" arguments have been emphasized in this site for years. If anything, it quells off any unnecessary fuel for a foolish discussion.

Trying to be the middleman and deliberately ignoring such factors in order to present yourself as the Mr. Righteous is the most pretentious stance you can make. This is N4G, ANYTHING that can be used to fire off CLICKS and HITS can and WILL happen regardless, you can't eliminate the impact only lessen it.

Hicken1723d ago

I find it interesting that people can't defend Sony. As if, for some reason, all the hundreds of times anti-Sony articles and comments are somehow forgotten and won't be brought up.

Yet, at the same time, you won't be found responding to Microsoft or even Nintendo defenders, preemptive or otherwise. Likewise, while you'll comment on the ones you consider Sony trolls or fanboys, you're nowhere to be found when it's a Nintendo or Microsoft troll.

greenpowerz trolls and you say nothing.
midnighter(endoran) trolls and you say nothing.
ALLWRONG, NeverEnding1989, SDF, witwicky, DK286K, jcnba all show up talking unfounded nonsense in Sony articles, but you NEVER have anything to say to them.

But don't let someone talk about Sony, in one of their articles or not. Can't do the perfectly VALID thing Donnieboy did here and bring up comparable Sony tech- that people WILL say Sony copied- and note how it was shown off prior to Microsoft doing so. That's a no-no.

What's up with you?

maniacmayhem1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )


Again your hypocritical posts knows no limits.

I'm not a troll hunter and keep names of people on this site on a speed Rolodex like you seem to have. How sad that you remember those names and are so wrapped up with them that you need to call them out like a coward every chance you get and even in unrelated posts.

I don't mind a person defending Sony, MS or Nintendo, but to come into an article and deliberately try and turn the conversation into a console war debate is what I was referring too about Donnieboi. In no instance was this illumiroom trying to say or state that it was first to do this. So why the sudden urge and need to announce who did what first even brought up?

I know this is hard for you to understand since you are the biggest #1 cheerleader for Sony on this site. But feel free to keep calling out people in unrelated articles and behind their backs that YOU believe are "trolls".

I find it strange that there's this Pre-emptive defence for Sony. Nintendo copied Sony with Move, MS copied Sony with Eyetoy, and now MS copied Sony with illumiroom and all because of youtube videos. It's almost as if Sony did everything first before any other console. And god forbid anyone say anything different.

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Root1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )


Kinect apparently rumoured to watch you all the time

Coincidence...I think not

Cryptcuzz1723d ago

I think you're way into deep with the conspiracy theories my friend :)

Root1723d ago (Edited 1723d ago )

They said Mel Gibson was too deep in them in Conspiracy Theory....he wasn't, plus he saved Julia Roberts because of this

Just saying :)

GameCents1723d ago

"I think not " Well I agree with THaAT.

UnHoly_One1723d ago

I want this thing right now.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1723d ago

Dang! So you're telling me if my TV was 5 inches bigger, I'd have snowflakes falling outside my tv screen! I'd have explosions going off on my wall and all the other stuff?

I should of bought a tv 5 inches bigger.

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