#1 Edited by BestUsernameEver (5026 posts) -
(Maybe) the future.

It seems augmented reality, or something close to it will be the next big thing for the new Xbox. With Samsung, microsoft says it's in test phases of the Illumiroom technology, that apparently will show gameplay from beyond your physical TV. I am all for innovation, but for some reason this doesn't excite me, maybe because my TV is in front of a large window. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a gimmick, real breakthrough, or a nifty add on to the next xbox?

#2 Posted by triviaman09 (816 posts) -

Wait and see.

#3 Posted by TooWalrus (13344 posts) -

@triviaman09 said:

Wait and see.
#4 Posted by BestUsernameEver (5026 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

@triviaman09 said:

Wait and see.
#5 Posted by UlquioKani (1289 posts) -

That video made that seem pretty awesome actually. I feel as though that could be really good for immersion for horror games or make the action feel like it is happening all around you. Damn!

#6 Posted by pickassoreborn (621 posts) -

Illumiroom is a big old gimmick in the way Kinect - and 3D - is. People will grab Illumiroom for being cool, though you'll need that same huge living room that Microsoft love to keep showing to me. My living room is English-sized, and as such is useless for jumping around like an arse. I can see Illumiroom being a must-buy purchase for hardcore gaming dudes who want to see more of the FPS they're playing, or be more immersed in the action. Saying that, wouldn't Illumiroom give those poeple an unfair advantage in FPS games?

I can also imagine Illumiroom being a hit with stoners.

#7 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1802 posts) -

I'll wait... But I'll personally read about it later after the thing has actually happened. It seems pretty gimmicky. But it's a gimmick that I kind of like. Makes video games possibly more of an experience? Or not... I don't know I don't have details!!!!

#8 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *FART NOISES* BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *THROWS FLAMING GARBAGE*

#9 Posted by bigsmoke77 (841 posts) -

This has nothing to do with the next xbox...

#10 Posted by alternate (2797 posts) -

It is tech that is built in to the display. The next console might well support it but it isn't in the box.

#11 Posted by believer258 (13039 posts) -

I clicked this link expecting things like tech specs. Or maybe the way it's going to look. Or maybe something about the controller. Instead...

...haven't you made a thread about this before? Or was that someone else?

#12 Posted by Snail (8781 posts) -
#13 Posted by ApolloBob (577 posts) -

Eat a lot of food and then urinate. Sate and wee.

#14 Posted by ChinaDontCare (117 posts) -

They'll have their own event like they did with the SURFACE "Which was a hardware announcement" a month or two before E3.

#15 Posted by Kerned (1183 posts) -

@Scooper said:

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *FART NOISES* BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *THROWS FLAMING GARBAGE*

#16 Posted by OmegaChosen (657 posts) -

All I want is for them to do is to release one more console that's basically just a better and more powerful version of current gen, have the next gen last like 8-10 years, during which they're free to fuck around with whatever innovative stuff they want and figure out how to not make it a gimmick instead of just throwing out some random thing that worked and hoping it rakes in the cash.

Just one more traditional console upgrade that will last a while and then you'll probably have hit the graphics limit and you can take your time to find something that works.

#17 Posted by PenguinDust (12855 posts) -

It's obviously a gimmick, but a harmless enough one. Two things, the projector better be wireless from the console and lets see how this thing works in less than optimal settings.

Some of the video looks like it could really increase motion-sickness is some people.

#18 Posted by Snail (8781 posts) -

@OmegaChosen said:

All I want is for them to do is to release one more console that's basically just a better and more powerful version of current gen, have the next gen last like 8-10 years, during which they're free to fuck around with whatever innovative stuff they want and figure out how to not make it a gimmick instead of just throwing out some random thing that worked and hoping it rakes in the cash.

Just one more traditional console upgrade that will last a while and then you'll probably have hit the graphics limit and you can take your time to find something that works.

Why the fuck would you want another generation to last as long as this one?! Or even longer?

What are you talking about "graphics limits"? Computational power will keep increasing, and exponentially so.

#19 Posted by Branthog (5718 posts) -

No. That illumiroom thing is an annoying gimmick. Keep that whacky shit out of the console, at least. Make it add-on. When you're already selling at a lost, make the money you're singing into each box count by putting in sweet delicious hardware that won't age quite so quickly.

I mean, what do you want more? Motion waggle shit and gimmicky "Visio behind-the-screen/out-of-thepicture" shit? Or better AI? Better audio? Networking that allows for multiplayer games with numbers as high as PCs have had for a decade? (32-64 and more).

#20 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

@Snail said:

@OmegaChosen said:

All I want is for them to do is to release one more console that's basically just a better and more powerful version of current gen, have the next gen last like 8-10 years, during which they're free to fuck around with whatever innovative stuff they want and figure out how to not make it a gimmick instead of just throwing out some random thing that worked and hoping it rakes in the cash.

Just one more traditional console upgrade that will last a while and then you'll probably have hit the graphics limit and you can take your time to find something that works.

Why the fuck would you want another generation to last as long as this one?! Or even longer?

Well who wants to spend 500 bucks on three game consoles every 5 years?

#21 Posted by Terramagi (1168 posts) -

SURPRISE, IT'S ACTUALLY THE KINECT 2

4 more years, 4 more years.

#22 Posted by ShatterShock (71 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

Well who wants to spend 500 bucks on three game consoles every 5 years?

I don't know about 500 bucks on three consoles every 5 years, but 400 bucks on two consoles every 5 sounds right up my alley. As somebody who has lived through five console generations, the last two years of this cycle have been painful to sit through. Mobile devices are this close to matching an X-Box 360's performance for Christ's sake.

@Branthog said:

No. That illumiroom thing is an annoying gimmick. Keep that whacky shit out of the console, at least. Make it add-on. When you're already selling at a lost, make the money you're singing into each box count by putting in sweet delicious hardware that won't age quite so quickly.

I mean, what do you want more? Motion waggle shit and gimmicky "Visio behind-the-screen/out-of-thepicture" shit? Or better AI? Better audio? Networking that allows for multiplayer games with numbers as high as PCs have had for a decade? (32-64 and more).

Illumiroom will be a hit at parties. That's all that Microsoft cares about here. They know that as long as the hardware on the 720/Durango is good enough to be some sort of improvement over the 360, graphics focused gamers will have to eventually buy one and deal with sharing the platform with non-gamers.

#23 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

That proof of concept video was pretty awesome.

#24 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4569 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

@Snail said:

@OmegaChosen said:

All I want is for them to do is to release one more console that's basically just a better and more powerful version of current gen, have the next gen last like 8-10 years, during which they're free to fuck around with whatever innovative stuff they want and figure out how to not make it a gimmick instead of just throwing out some random thing that worked and hoping it rakes in the cash.

Just one more traditional console upgrade that will last a while and then you'll probably have hit the graphics limit and you can take your time to find something that works.

Why the fuck would you want another generation to last as long as this one?! Or even longer?

Well who wants to spend 500 bucks on three game consoles every 5 years?

I would spend 500 bucks on 1 console every 5 years

#25 Posted by guanophobic (435 posts) -

$500? That's actually _really_ cheap outside the US. I'd gladly upgrade hardware for twice that every 4 years.

#26 Posted by kindnivore (2954 posts) -

I could honestly see illuminroom being amazing for a horror game.

#27 Posted by hoossy (1049 posts) -

I'm down, Charlie Brown

#28 Posted by Darson (474 posts) -

Get a projector.