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Microsoft shows off reality-distorting tech that turns entire living rooms into Xbox games [video]

Published Apr 29th, 2013 2:30PM EDT
Microsoft Xbox 720 Features

While Microsoft’s next Xbox won’t feature virtual reality headsets, it will try to do the next big thing by making your entire living room into a big video game screen. Microsoft on Monday posted a new demonstration video showing off the new Xbox’s IllumiRoom feature that projects aspects of games onto the walls surrounding your television set to increase immersion within virtual environments. The new feature comes with several options for filtering content if you’re not interested in having your entire living room transformed into a game world: For instance, you can choose to only have weapons or enemies displayed on the peripherals of your television set or you can choose to only have the bare outlines of the game environment displayed outside your TV. It goes without saying that IllumiRoom will likely be one of the key features Microsoft shows off when it formally unveils the new Xbox on May 21st. The full video demonstration of IllumiRoom is posted below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.