Microsoft’s IllumiRoom: Full 5 minute demo showcases the tech’s capabilities

Monday, 29th April 2013 12:14 GMT By Nick Akerman

Fresh on the news that we are likely to receive greater detail about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom tomorrow, a five minute demo showcasing the tech’s capabilities has gone live.

The demo, which is an extended version of the previously released video, highlights numerous effects including snow, lighting, grids, and other ways in which IllumiRoom changes the user’s playing space. Reports continue to suggest that Microsoft is likely to implement the concept into its next Xbox design, although no official confirmation has been granted just yet.

Check out the video right here:



  1. Joe Anderson

    Sony has similar tech, though no-one seems to mention that, no idea why.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mojo

    color me impressed

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Belmont

    It has suddenly made a return now. It is rather cool and if it becomes a real consumer thing it will probably be another Kinect for Microsoft. The mainstream media will explode but I dont know about its actual worth in real life gaming

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Well fuck me. That really does look fascinating. Definitely has a lot of potential, but I wonder if developers are going to use it or are they going to pull off a Nintendo?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Joe Anderson

    Here’s another video from Sony. I like this one

    Interesting that they are both working with similar tech. Maybe this is this generations ‘motion control’. There always has to be a gimmick it seems.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. minxamo

    Well shit, Microsoft made something genuinely interesting and impressive…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. JackThomas

    Stunning. Can’t wait to try this out.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. EdNorton

    Good on Microsoft finally putting Kinect to good use.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    It seems like a nice idea.

    But If I had to choose between an Oculus Rift and this, the Oculus would win every time.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. EdNorton

    @9 – indeed, me too but this is certainly great for casual gamers and when friends and family are over. Looks like an amazing concept. Although Oculus is also a great piece of gaming-geared technology.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    I’m not so sure that this will be on the next XBOX at launch because there are issues with the cost of the lenses.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. EdNorton

    @11 – I’m sure they won’t leave this out of the launch. It would be stupid to introduce it later and become dead like Kinect did.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    Nice idea. I thought it worked better where it amplified effects happening on the main screen rather than trying to extend the screen out. The TV/Film application was a bit limited in production and application. For games it’ll be a nice immersive addition for SP games. Don’t think it needs to be bundled. It’s a game enhancer – not applicable to everyone. Including a small projector in every box would be prohibitively expensive.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mistermogul

    I’d much rather have this than Kinect. In fact I may be a bit disappointed now if this is not part of nextbox!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. EdNorton

    @14 – Kinect is the biggest piece of shit ever. As Jeff Gerstman from Giant Bomb said recently in a Game Trailers bonus round I believe, Microsoft didn’t make Kinect to make money, it was to see if it could make money.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    Doesn’t this depend on Kinect? It scans the room and works out how it should project stuff doesn’t it?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Belmont

    Every single piece of Tech looks cool at its reveal !It will probably end up being a matter of price and support from dev community. Yet I agree that it is a lot more interesting than kinect.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Unlimax

    Oh look , looks like someone stoles “someone” ideas . . . Again !

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Cobra951

    As usual, the assumption is that we are all gaming in the middle of a big room, with the TV 6 feet away or more. This gadget is of no use to me. My gaming and PC monitor sits about 18 inches in front of me at my desk. My field of vision is already mostly filled up by it. I don’t need anything else in the extreme periphery.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. lubu

    looks great but i prefer only tv/monitor with same old pictures and no magic at all but with lots of games not luxury stuff

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    Kinect is indeed a piece of shit, but this technology.. I’m impressed.

    If Microsoft will implement this thing at launch for their next XBOX, Sony can kiss their butt pretty much. I’m not really sure that MS will include this tech in each box, because lenses are expensive.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. PC_PlayBoy


    #22 2 years ago
  23. Moonwalker1982

    The Sony videos is some nice trickery if you ask me, no way that’s possible exactly like that.


    I’m not sure if MS has stolen this from Sony. And if they did, ok…but let’s see what Sony has ‘stolen’ through the years.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. polygem

    distracting from mediocore games?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Fin

    Looks pretty.

    Don’t play in front of a coffee table though :(

    #25 2 years ago
  26. NightCrawler1970

    I was wondering will it play on this TV? hopefully can installed indoors…

    thats what i called BADASS

    #26 2 years ago
  27. powerbuoy

    I honestly don’t see what’s so impressive? It’s just a projector innit. And the games would need to be made specifically for this thing. Otherwise what will it render outside the screen? I guess it could just draw random stuff in similar colours unless the game tells it otherwise. Pretty sure there was a TV a while back that did the same but with lights.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. powerbuoy

    Ok having watched the longer video it seems a little cooler than I first thought. But still, whatever’s rendered off screen needs to come from the game right, so are they gonna start rendering TWO images now? Like with 3D that will obviously hit performance.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. PEYJ

    Well, remembering reading about such a device when some person made a lot leaks last year, it seems that he/she was more or less spot on with this projector thing. With this in mind, it seems likely that Sony soon will show their “omni glasses” to the world.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Malmer

    Well I already play on a projector so to me it is kinda useless.

    #30 2 years ago


    That’s what I’m talking about. I don’t want a same as last gen, but slightly higher res, with a few new effects thrown in, gaming experience for the next gen.

    This is the sort of stuff that can make gaming fun and fresh again.

    Give me stuff like this, or keep your ‘been there, done that’ games to yourself.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. monkeyman

    Just another gimmick, why can’t they just concentrate on making great games instead of another gimmicky add on which most people will use for a while & then only get it out to show it to friends aka kinect / move. Sony & ms need to concentrate more on games than stuff like this to be able to survive, I don’t think this is a system selling feature & will add money to a system which they really should ship out as cheap as possible to the consumer.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DSB

    I can’t totally decide whether this is terrible or pretty great. The snow thing looks gorgeous, but most of the other stuff looks like it’s meant to explode the brains of kids with ADD or something.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    I don’t think I like it. Wouldn’t know for sure without trying it. But even just watching the video I was getting a headache.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Phoenixblight

    Looks absolutely horrible. If this is all MS has to compete for the next xbox they better look somewhere else.

    #35 2 years ago



    #36 2 years ago
  37. pwnftw

    It would give a significantly unfair advantage to players using it, say with the extended FOV, over those who didn’t shell out the 200-300 bucks for it.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. OlderGamer

    So does a faster ISP pwnftw. Or a better TV.

    I think, like everything else it depends on price vs function. What does the average gamer think? That will matter the most.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DrDamn

    I think there are lines to be crossed though. It’s generally acceptable to adjust FoV on PC titles to make things comfortable for the viewer. I used to play Quake 2 in the office and one person adjusted it to have a huge field of view and deleted all the texture files so it looked very bland with bright white other players – he thought this was fine.

    In reality I doubt this gives you much more. I was trying to see from the examples whether other players are even shown in the peripheral stuff. If not then it could even be a disadvantage.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. OlderGamer

    I agree Doc, I don’t see this as being an advantage. But w/o actualy playing on it..who knows. Was just pointing out that other things already offer different players different advantages over less fortunate players. ISP speed can be king in a competetive fps game, for example.

    I wasn’t making a case for this illumi thing to be an advantage or not.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. theevilaires

    I agree with Cobra591 I sit pretty close to the TV because I’m near sighted and I play better closer to the TV. My reactions are quicker that way. Neither Microsoft or SONY won’t sell this to me. I would be more interested in a 4K TV that covered my entire wall instead.

    But its a good option for others who like it.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. FeaturePreacher

    Talk about one of the most useless things to do with expensive tech. Instead of improving kinect to the point where it could see your fingers and become useful for hardcore titles, research goes into a useless light show that does nothing to improve gaming. The PS4 is looking better and better if this is the kind of crap MS is bringing to the next generation.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Templar_Dante

    wow, hope you have white walls..

    #43 2 years ago
  44. nollie4545

    Not my thing. Prefer a good resolution and frame rate on a nice funky computer monitor.

    I personally think MS should get and team up with the folk behind the Oculus Rift and make every XBox title compatible with it.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. ManuOtaku

    I like it, but iam keep waiting for an holographic console, though, but dont get me wrong i think i will dig it.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. roadkill

    Not impressed. I’ll stick with 3D vision.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Rosseu

    Looks annoying

    #47 2 years ago

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