Xbox One to 360 Communication Limited to Text Only, IllumiRoom Unlikely to be Greenlit

AusGamers had a chance to ask the head of planning and marketing for Xbox One, Albert Penello, how communication between Microsoft's new console and Xbox 360 would work, and also probed him about the likelihood of IllumiRoom ever being released for consumers and Xbox One.

"I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello told AusGamers of IllumiRoom. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but... we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up]."

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Vip3r1872d ago

What about skyping to people on a PS4?

sincitysir11872d ago

Haha funny. But I guess this a good? I dont know I don't care anymore

Vip3r1872d ago

No, I'm serious. Will it work?

shoddy1872d ago

I believe Skype would work for all platform such as iphone to PC or android phone or even vita.

ewstokes1872d ago (Edited 1872d ago )

It said anyone with Skype so yeah it'll work. You can also chat with Xbox one ppl from your ps vita

FullMetalTech1872d ago

Well to a Vita maybe since it has a Skype App available.

BallsEye1871d ago

if ps4 would have skype, but it won't, ms will not let it. PS vita tho for sure (ms doesn't have it's own handheld gaming machine thats why skype there is a benefit for mS)

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BallsEye1871d ago

@Zachriel All it says is that they are commited to have it on more platforms. If they confirm it they confirm it.

Don't get your hopes too high when ms is boasting skype as one of system seller aspects.

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deep_fried_bum_cake1872d ago

Well that's good news, I was under the impression that there would be no communication between them. The Illimiroom thing is just ridiculous, why even announce it?

Belking1872d ago

Illumiroom is actually pretty cool but just too expensive. Especially when the console and kinect alone is $ 500.

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Bathyj1872d ago

Oh I didnt realise IllumiRoom was just a concept. I thought it was a thing.

MariaHelFutura1872d ago

Well, you're not incorrect. Microsoft has a way of twisting words.

YNWA961872d ago

Maria, would you go docile if the internet went down and you had no more links?

MicDude1872d ago

Can I ask you something out of pure curiosity?

We all know that you prefer the PS4 over X1. Let's face it, the PS4 beats the X1 in both hardware and price and that can be proven. Those are two very good reasons to prefer the PS4. But I would like to know what you like about the X1 if anything. Obviously, some people prefer the X1 over the Ps4 so there must be some reason people are pre-ordering it.

The reason I'm asking you this is because I want to know if you really love the PS4 so much or if you just hate the X1.

Animal Mutha 761871d ago


Whatever dislike she has for Xbox seems perpetuated by a genuine hatred of MS. Look at her history for evidence of that and also a recent 2 week silence as a result of a suspected suspension no doubt for trolling/spamming Xbox related articles. I'm glad mods did something tbh but now she has her bubbles back simply by saying things the Sony hardcore like to hear.

In a way she's actually being very clever. A sort of super troll using links and lists to substantiate her point of view whilst using the Sony faithful on this site to keep her in bubbles. She also submits a lot which also keeps the points rolling in. Again the nature of many of the submissions is telling along with the fact that she is often an early commenter in many/most Xbox related articles for no obvious reason other than to rubbish Xbox or put the boot into MS or any slightly positive news.

ArmrdChaos1871d ago (Edited 1871d ago )

It's just the typical MO that many display on this site. They look to knock others down so that they can feel taller. It's really nothing more than ego. Just laugh, shake your head, and move on...nothing to see here, carry on. I would imagine all of you consider your time more valuable than that.

MicDude1871d ago


I just don't understand why people feel the need to behave the way they that they do on sites like this; it is childish really. Seriously, what do people gain from telling other people. "Hey, my console is better than yours. Yours sucks." ...Okay. And? It's pointless you see. I guess the best thing to do is to let kids be kids and ignore them.

givemeshelter1871d ago

And you wonder why you got banned?

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Rhythmattic1872d ago (Edited 1872d ago )

Costly , but fun I guess...

nunley331872d ago

yeah it's very unreasonable unless you have ms money. he said that illumiroom setup would cost thousands.

palaeomerus1872d ago

It probably is a thing in a club, or an arcade, or a rec center, or a lan-party center. It's just not ready to be sold in a box to a consumer. The market that could afford it or would want to pay for the setup is too small.

Remember how Surface started out being sold to Real Estate companies to use in the sales office and used on TV News instead of being a consumer product? It's like that. It will be used for presentation applications by entities with big money instead of gamers in the home.

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corvusmd1872d ago (Edited 1872d ago )

Ahh that blows, it was awesome in the demo they showed. It makes sense though, getting consumer projectors could be expensive....who knows, maybe just put this tech in their back pocket and if projectors and such get cheaper, then pull it back out, it was an amazing idea for immersion.

I have to be honest though, if it was 1k, I'd buy it, I know the average gamer can't afford that, but the way I see it, I play games a ton, and over a 10 year cycle, that's only $100 a year to make my games way more enjoyable.

AsimLeonheart1872d ago

And many were considering illumiroom the killer app for Xbone just a few months earlier. It turned out to be just an impractical concept.

torchic1872d ago

it really is a shame.

by far the most impressive piece of tech the engineers at Microsoft have come up with. it would've been a great advancement in the industry.

I would've bought an Xbox One (after its first price cut) just for Illumroom.

shame :/

stuff1872d ago

You would purchase an XBO, "after a price cut," for some tech that would require you to have MULTIPLE projectors setup in such a way that would allow them to be useful only for this purpose and nothing else?

I hope that was sarcasm. Awesome tech either way. It just seems it wouldn't work for many. It seems like requires a very particular setup -- large white-ish wall, white-ish furniture, a fairly dimly lit room, and etc.; projector friendly things.

Imalwaysright1871d ago

To me is just another gimmick.

torchic1871d ago


no, the consumer version of Illumroom was going to be a projector installed into a Kinect sensor, to be placed on your coffee table.

I'm not sure about limitations, I personally think the only thing needed was big wall space + a room without illumination, but the "multiple projectors" thing was just the concept. ONE projector lens fused into Kinect for retail.

stuff1870d ago


It seems unlikely that it would be designed in such a way. A projector (usually set behind the user) combined with a camera (usually set in front of the user.)

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