immersivegamingpatent Microsoft patents 3D projected games system

Microsoft has patented a new gaming system that projects a game's world directly into a player's room, potentially granting one of the most realistic gaming experiences to date.

Microsoft has patented a new gaming system that projects a game's world directly into a player's room, potentially granting one of the most realistic gaming experiences to date.

 
The patent, numbered 20120223885 at the US Patent Office, is for an “immersive display experience,” best summarised in an accompanying image which shows a player engaging in a first-person shooter, with the game's environment extending beyond the screen and around the walls of the player's room, as if the gamer really was in rough terrain and not a living room.
 
The idea may go beyond a simulated environment too, as there is the potential for the system to allow players to literally turn around to see enemies sneaking up on them.
 
The patent was filed on 2 March 2011 and granted on 6 September this year, but it is not clear if any of the design will make it into the Xbox 720, expected to release by Christmas 2013. Nintendo is set to launch its next console, the Wii U, this holiday season, bringing more of the game experience away from the TV screen with its GamePad, but Microsoft's approach could beat this and revolutionise gaming like the original Wii did.
 
immersivegamingpatent Microsoft patents 3D projected games system
 
Of course, the concept faces multiple hurdles that may prevent it from ever becoming a reality. 
 
Firstly, it must project an environment that is able to overshadow furniture and decorations of a room, yet it must also not be too successful at this or there is the risk of player injury if they can no longer properly make out what is and is not really present. Differences in room sizes may also cause difficulties for the technology.
 
Secondly, Microsoft must be able to develop this technology in a way that is cost-effective, as adding room scanners and projectors to a gaming rig will drive up the initial console cost significantly. It might also tack on a fair bit to the electricity bill if such room-wide displays are running for several hours, which means the environmental impact is also increased.
 
Thirdly, Microsoft must find a way of getting all of this prepared in time for its expected launch in just over a year's time. Since the patent was filed early last year it means the company has had a long time to work on the concept, but that may not be enough to make what works on paper feasible in a bedroom or living room.
 
Source: BBC