All those rumours about the Xbox 720 more closely integrating Kinect seem more and more likely every day. Gesture and voice control is finding its way into more and more of our devices but what about immersion? What about the size of your TV?
We’ve heard about Sony’s potential plans to pack its 4k tech into the PlayStation 4, with 4k resolution panels already in the wild. That could potentially see huge displays that retain a great quality image but it would essentially still make the television screen a window, framing your gameplay experience. Microsoft has filed a patent which could see that become less of an issue.
The filing, uncovered by PatentlyApple, shows a “future Xbox” working with Kinect to determine where in a space the player is. It then makes use of a 360 degree projector to bathe your walls in the luminescent glow of in-game scenes. The dodgy images attached to the patent show a forest and hillside scene surrounding a man playing what we assume is intended to be an FPS.
With many people still prohibited from using Kinect to the fullest of its abilities due to room size and light issues, this tech might be some way off being useful. It’s a weird idea, for sure, but one which has some potential to fill our peripheral vision with colour in a way that makes that window into our game – where our focus will naturally be fixed anyway – all the more immersive.
There might even be less obvious uses. Imagine driving around San Andreas at night time as the rain pours down and that little projector casts the moon high above your TV. The projector could then be used to shine into your eyes as the headlights of oncoming traffic dazzle you. It could be used to cast arrows to the left or right of your screen, removing the on-screen directional HUD on many third person games.