Xbox 720: Microsoft patents projector tech, turns rooms into game worlds

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 12:04 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft has patented new tech that projects 3D game environments across your room, known simply as ‘environmental display’, CVG reports.

The tech sounds a little ‘sci-fi’ for Xbox 720, but the tech mentioned in Microsoft’s patent filing is reportedly linked to Kinect 3D Glasses – codenamed Fortaleza – that we reported on back in June.

The tech is said to spread a 3D environment all over your room, that will presumably be made visible while wearing the alleged Kinect 3D glasses. Take this with a pinch of salt for now of course.

A description of the tech from Microsoft’s patent reads, “Interactive media experiences, such as video games, are commonly delivered by a high quality, high resolution display. Such displays are typically the only source of visual content, so that the media experience is bounded by the bezel of the display.”

“Even when focused on the display, the user may perceive architectural and decorative features of the room the display is in via the user’s peripheral vision. Such features are typically out of context with respect to the displayed image, muting the entertainment potential of the media experience.”

“Further, because some entertainment experiences engage the user’s situational awareness (e.g., in experiences like the video game scenario described above), the ability to perceive motion and identify objects in the peripheral environment (i.e., in a region outside of the high resolution display) may intensify the entertainment experience.”

Patently Apple discovered the patent filing which says of the tech, “An immersive display environment is provided to a human user by projecting a peripheral image onto environmental surfaces around the user. The peripheral images serve as an extension to a primary image displayed on a primary display.”

the site has also posted the below image:

The user is playing an FPS game in this shot. Patently Apple suggests that the game environment is plastered over the player’s room, and uses motion to move, aim and shoot. The player can ever turn around to catch people sneaking up on them before it’s too late.

According to Patently Apple, Microsoft has stated in its patent documents that Xbox 720 can be hooked up to camera tech – which could be a new version of Kinect – which accurately captures depth. In fact, the patent reads, “gestures performed by the gamer while playing a video game may be recognized and interpreted as game controls. In other words, Microsoft’s Kinect will allow the gamer to control the game without the use of conventional, hand-held game controllers.”

Does this hint at a new version of Kinect for Xbox 720? We’ll have more as it happens.

Thanks Patently Apple, and CVG.



  1. xino

    how would you move or run? like you do in kinect? stop this motion garbage man:/

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    Amazing tech, but has much better uses in other fields than gaming like kinect.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Stoopid_Snot

    I believe M$ need a little bit more then just a projector.. :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    So is this AR with glasses or a projector? Not really clear how it fits in with the screen itself – i.e. why is it even needed in the first place? (answer – possibly just so the patent holds).

    What’s interesting is that there is currently an assumption that the 720 will be a new more powerful box possibly with Kinect built in/bundled somehow. Similarly with PS4 – a new more powerful box with Move like functionality maybe. I think one or both have interesting surprises up their sleeves. Maybe with the 3D glasses/AR glasses.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I prefer real 3D Display, i mean holographics, altough i dont deny i want to try this out.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Clupula

    Man, I wish they’d do something innovative, instead, like Nintendo do.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    And this doesn’t strike anyone else as too good to be true?

    I would say that someday down the road this could be reality. But for right now it looks like a bold statement and promise. Remember how awesome Kinect was going to be, before it launched?

    I will believe it when I see it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. zinc

    Ah, the old Star Trek Holodeck dream. Well good look to them. Me? I’m a little old to be jumping around my living room. I like my gaming, lounging in a chair :-)

    @2, Completely agree. If this tech becomes real, I’d love to see what other real world applications people can use it for.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    There are 101 reasons why this will not work in our living rooms. It’s a holding patent.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    I agree with Gad. Patents can be big money. Having the right types in your name is a big deal. Perhaps MS will do something with this type of tech down the road. Perhaps someone else will.

    But I have a hard time believing that the new XBNXT will be a VR system.



    Just an extension of the awesome sound ones we have for this gen. Makes sense to evolve those into mass market suround 3D screens.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. drewbles82

    Id like to see what they can do with it, but for those who complain bout kinect, its an addon, like this will probably be, you don’t have to use it. Gamers nowadays are not just men, its woman, children, families etc and so they will always develope stuff hardcore gamers don’t like it.
    They will always make games for hardcore as well. At least they are trying new stuff rather than just being an upgraded version 360 with same everything.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. JB

    I`m really looking forward to all the headaches, dizziness and seasickness if that ever becomes reality.

    Oh and then there`s the need for a new room ><

    How can it fail!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    I believe the first ‘incarnation’ of MS using this kind of tech is here:

    Not using 3d specs, but same kind of vibe.

    It’s about 1 minute in. I think MS will def use this in some way about 2 years in to the 720 life cycle to increase the lifetime of the console.

    Not sure how it would work for gaming or what resolution it would work with, still, going to be fun finding out! :)

    Fits in with the ‘complete control of your home’ business plan too…

    Ug, HAL / Kinect, here we come!

    #13 2 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.