Microsoft Finally Reveals the Fate of Xbox’s Super-Cool IllumiRoom

on January 24, 2015 4:34 PM

Remember IllumiRoom?  The technology shown by Microsoft Research that used Kinect to “extend” the screen of Xbox games beyond the TV and into the rest of the room back in 2013?

Finally, we get to know what happened with it, thanks to Xbox Live Operations Manager Eric Neustadter, who gave an explanation on Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s latest Google Hangout.

We said when IllumiRoom came out, it was a tech demo. It was never announced as a product, or something you’d be able to buy. People got really excited about it, because it was really cool, but it was just a… “hey, let’s see if we can do this and figure out what to do with it.”

There are a lot of smart people running around Microsoft to invent a lot of really cool things that don’t immediately become products.

Below you can see the video showcasing the tech, coming back from 2013’s limbo.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.