Microsoft Reveal Projector Plans and Kinect 3D For Upcoming Xbox

Posted: September 14, 2012 in technology, Uncategorized, Xbox, XBox - Project Natal
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Set to become the latest addition to the ‘Xbox 720 feature rumours‘ list, Microsoft have revealed their patent plans for a ’gaming projector’ designed to bring immersive virtual reality features to the surroundings of the player.
Potentially working alongside the Kinect motion-sensor system, an ‘environmental display’ is planned to serve alongside 3D cameras to offer a 360-degree backdrop on which the game can be played.

Will it look like this?

Will it look like this?

The features of such a device are set to place a ’360-degree game-world view’ onto the walls of the room where it is being played (presumably able to adjust to the room’s size), whilst connecting with the 3D camera and Kinect to measure where and how the player is standing/moving to ensure a wall display is relevent to the game rather than just a background (for example, crouching down to trigger a lower view of in-game surroundings).
The Microsoft patent states a claim for its potential popularity, reading: “Interactive media experiences, such as video games, are commonly delivered by a high quality, high resolution display. Such displays are typically the only source of visual content, so that the media experience is bounded by the bezel of the display. Even when focused on the display, the user may perceive architectural and decorative features of the room the display is in via the user’s peripheral vision. Such features are typically out of context with respect to the displayed image, muting the entertainment potential of the media experience. Further, because some entertainment experiences engage the user’s situational awareness (e.g., in experiences like the video game scenario described above), the ability to perceive motion and identify objects in the peripheral environment (i.e., in a region outside of the high resolution display) may intensify the entertainment experience.”
Meanwhile, the patent also reveals plans of a ‘Kinect 3D’ glasses (codename Fortaleza) to add depth to the images, and an enhanced Kinect sensor (version 2.0) to cater to the ambitious developments.
The next Xbox is expected to launch sometime in late 2013, though recent manufacturing difficulties may cause the system to be delayed.

 

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