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GalacticEmpire

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Illumiroom: More Smoke and Mirrors

When I first saw the proof of concept video for Illumiroom I thought to myself “neat”. It’s the kind of thing that someone who invests heavily in entertainment technology to ever increase that feeling of immersion would enjoy, someone like me. If I thought for one second that it would ever translate into any kind of affordable consumer device this blog would be praising it instead of trying to dampen the enthusiasm of over excited people who have jumped on this as a full drawn conclusion. To make matters worse some are actually using it as points in arguments detailing reasons to buy the third Xbox. Now, if you’re one of these people, try to keep a cool head and read through these rational reasons that you won’t see this device on your coffee table anytime in the near future...

Cost

Have you ever priced up a projector for home cinema use? Decent ones can set you back as much as your big HD TV and although cheap ones exist, they come with the caveat of poor visibility and reliability. If the price of the projector alone doesn’t put you off there is also the cost of whatever is processing the movement ‘outside’ of the screen.

Practicality

Think about it for one second, there’s so many requirements for Illumiroom to work properly that the sheer impracticality of it is enough to make your head spin. First it is only really effective in the dark, second you need the space, third would be bright enough walls to reflect an image, forth a coffee table... it goes on. The shiney concept video makes it all look so easy, “self calibrating” they say but you can bet your life that in reality, for 99% of the population, it will be either a massive inconvenience or just plain impossible.

Content

It’s explained in the proof of concept video that images shown were either running on a PC with some kind of software workaround or shot using a special rig of two differently ‘lensed’ cameras. The resources of a PC are entirely flexible and would not demand much to make this work; however, this simply isn’t the case for consoles. Consoles have a set limit of processing power and RAM use for games, which means rendering the scene again at a wider angle for projection outside of the screen would be impossible unless a large section of resources was restricted just for this use. So with the difficulties in producing content combined with cost to consumer, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see widespread adoption of this effect, think 3D but without the backing of Hollywood.

I’m sorry if this post has burst any bubbles out there but the reality of this needs to sink in before we rest our hopes on another pipe dream. I mean now we’re even getting articles like this, http://n4g.com/news/1244377... it’s all getting a bit too much and we need to step back, smell the smoke and smash the mirrors.

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dedicatedtogamers1181d ago

"When I first saw the proof of concept video for Illumiroom I thought to myself “neat”."

You read my mind. Are you a wizard?

IllumiRoom is yet another instance of our industry being tech-obsessed instead of game-obsessed. They would rather integrate new cameras or new particle physics or new social media apps instead of simply making the games worth playing on their own merits.

GalacticEmpire1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

Exactly.

To answer your question I wear a cloak and shoot lightning from my fingers, does that count as wizard?

dedicatedtogamers1181d ago

As long as you put on your robe and wizard hat, then yes.

kingPoS1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

I see that VR is coming along nicely. With both MS & Sony's efforts, we'll be in for a treat in a few years.

Nice optical illusion with that prism, it seems to twitch when you look at it.

Pillsbury11181d ago

Do you remember the rumor of the omni glasses for ps4? See through OLED that displayed augmented reality and 3d! I'm looking forward to that in the future. I'm sure it's not ready yet for commercial use but if oculus rift is a glimpse I can't wait!

kingPoS1181d ago

Oop's did I say VR, I meant AR - augmented reality.

VR just popped in my head for some reason instead of AR. lol

Capodastaro1181d ago

Smoke and mirrors?

They've already explained it's just a Kinect taped to a InFocus IN126ST projector...

http://research.microsoft.c...

Z5011181d ago

smoke & mirrors meaning MILO 2.0

MacDonagh1181d ago

Christ. I thought I was the only one to remember Milo.

That was a pretty creepy concept though.

bmadger1181d ago (Edited 1181d ago )

I'm actually more excited about using an Occulus Rift than this. I just feel the gameplay would be way more immersive. This Illumiroom stuff just looks too...wierd and not realistic. I will still be trying to concentrate on my tv screen and all the other stuff will just be a distraction, imo.

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