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Xbox One Illumiroom projector too expensive for home use, now just for research says Penello

Monday, 2nd September 2013 09:38 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One’s Illumiroom projector concept would see your living room plastered with imagery to heighten your immersion in a game. Now, Microsoft’s Albert Penello has said that the tech is now for research purposes only, as it’s too costly to bring to the home market.

If you’re a bit like ‘Illumi-what-now-huh?’, then you can watch this showcase demo of what the projections would have looked like.

The tech was said to be housed within Xbox One’s Kinect sensor as standard but now, speaking with AusGamers, Xbox One head of product planning Albert Penello has said it’s unlikely to head to your home.

He explained, “I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that. 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].”

Do you feel this is a big loss for the console? Let us know below.

Via Polygon.

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4 Comments

  1. SuperGamerDude

    Yeah, I always wondered what happened to that.

    It amazes me how the X1 is now marketed as a games console – not as a “all in one” home entertainment system we originally saw at their reveal pre E3.

    If they knew they was originally gonna build a games console, I think they would of improved the specs some what.

    Oh MS, your market research sucks BIG TIME…

    #1 11 months ago
  2. cluggy89

    not a big loss but it was surely something that had potential. hopefully in the future they can make it a hell of a lot cheaper and bring it out… just for that little something extra :)

    #2 11 months ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    Not to mention the fact that it’d only be effective in a (I assume) relatively small amount of consumer’s living rooms. You’d need to have your TV against a fairly big, blank piece of wall. It’s a great idea but a bit ‘pie in the sky’ for now.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. sh4dow

    Hahaha! Told you. (Not that anybody would remember. But back then, I kept saying that considering the current projection technology, I doubted that this would become a reality)

    #4 11 months ago

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