Microsoft's Illumiroom deemed 'too expensive' to market to consumers
Posted by Gary Durston
When did light become so expensive?
Back in May, Microsoft released impressive videos of a proof-of-concept device which dazzled audiences with its jaw-dropping effects, using a combination of Kinect and a 360 degree projector to turn an entire living room into an extension of the television. But now it turns out that it could cost 'thousands of dollars' to the average consumer for the goodies, according to Albert Penello, Microsoft's Head of Product Planning.
"It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money," he says, which is doubtless the case. Illumiroom has the ability to see enemies off screen on your wall, for example, or 'shake' furniture visually when, say, you get shot during a first-person shooter. It looked as though we were stepping closer to Star Trek's Holodeck than ever before, but sadly with this revelation it looks like we'll either have to wait a lot longer for the awesome-looking technical wizardry, or all become super rich.
Illumiroom's concept video came and went earlier in the year, but suspicions about its tangibility arose when both E3 an Gamescom passed with barely a mutter. Now we know why. This Illumiroom revelation is just the latest in a series of delays, setbacks and u-turns that has plagued Microsoft since the big reveal of the Xbox One back in May.