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Microsoft: IllumiRoom Projector Concept Is Too Pricey To Market

Jonathan Lester
IllumiRoom, Microsoft

Microsoft: IllumiRoom Projector Concept Is Too Pricey To Market

Microsoft's R&D division revealed an exciting concept for a full-room gaming projector last year, codenamed IllumiRoom. Because it illuminates... well, I'm sure you got the gist. However, despite some impressive footage released back in April, the project is simply too expensive to become a marketable product as opposed to a fun laboratory experiment.

IllumiRoom is designed to project gameplay and effects onto the walls of your play space, potentially increasing your field of view and sense of immersion. It's an intriguing idea, but the harsh reality is that most gamers wouldn't want to shell out thousands of Pounds for the privilege.

“I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that," Xbox One head of product planning Albert Penello told AusGamers. "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].”

So there, for now at least. Were you excited by the premise? And, perhaps more importantly, how much would you be willing to pay?

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Late  Sep. 2, 2013 at 14:49

Love the idea, and the videos look fantastic - but it was clearly expensive and not something we were likely to see hit the marketplace any time soon. For starters you'd need a projector. They've come down in price a lot in recent years, but not to the degree I'd buy one and set it up in my front room in such a way as it would overlap my main telly...

If they could do it for less than £300 (including projector, but not including xb1 or kinnect) and games had adequate support then it might be a viable proposition.
Probably wouldn't be getting it myself, but I'd be tempted.

TBH they might be able to do it at that price*. But getting support in all games? Not going to happen. And if most games don't support it (or leave the projector just showing snowflakes or general ambience instead of proper game footage) then folk aren't going to buy it unless they've more money than sense.

*Your man Penello indicates it'd be thousands of dollars for the set up, but that's presumably including your HD telly and your xbox one with kinnect. I'm assuming you already have both at the point you're looking at illumiroom as an xb1 peripheral.

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