With recent whispers that Microsoft’s next generation console, the Xbox 720, may house a ‘painfully low’ processor, the latest round of rumoured innovations for the next-gen console may be just the thing to put a smile back on gamers’ faces.
A patent that is said to have emerged from Microsoft’s R&D division reveals that the Xbox 720 will feature an ‘environmental display’, projecting game worlds across the walls of any room users are playing in.
The technology is set to be linked to Kinect 3D glasses – rumoured to be called Fortaleza – which could allow gamers to see environments in 3D.
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Details from the patent, alongside two images, reveal that the technology is set to take players’ interactive media experiences beyond what can currently be offered by a high resolution display.
Information from the alleged patent sheds further light on how peripheral images will act as an extension to the primary image on the console’s screen.
“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, the ability to perceive motion and identify objects in the peripheral environment may intensify the entertainment experience.”
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The patent shows a console hooked up to a Kinect-like device as well as what looks like a small, TV-mounted projector.
The figure in one of the two images also seems to be playing a First Person Shooter using Kinect, suggesting that speculation about increased accuracy and depth perception of Microsoft’s motion controller may be realised.
Providing that Microsoft irons out any alleged kinks in the device’s processor, gamers will no doubt be eagerly awaiting the possible September 2013 launch of the console.
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