Microsoft Illumiroom could project the future for next-gen Xbox

Microsoft's Illumiroom could play a role in the future of the next-generation Xbox, according to a new preview video released ahead of this week's CHI 2013 event which promises to reveal more technical details about this proof-of-concept system.

Illumiroom was first unveiled during CES with a demo that offered a glimpse of the new tech that is designed to create an augmented reality projection that extends gaming onto nearby walls. An earlier video of the tech showed how a Kinect for Windows camera would be used to scan the geometry of a room and tailor visuals projected outside the television to complement what's happening on the screen.

According to the new video, "IllumiRoom envisions a next-generation gaming console with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds your television with projected light."

The video goes on to state that the new technology "can extend the gaming content out of your TV, creating a truly immersive experience. Or we can selectively show game elements, like explosions, or make it snow in our living room." This new preview shows a demo of Portal being played.

Microsoft is thought to reveal its upcoming console at the company's May 21 event next month. Sources tell Polygon that the current version of the next-gen console includes a next-gen approach to video sharing, anti-piracy protection, social networking and a massive expansion of the Xbox 360's popular achievement system. Take a look at our recent post on Microsoft's vision of the future.

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