xbox gaminghelmet Microsoft Xbox projector helmet patent shows game console plans

It has come to light that software developer Microsoft has patented a gaming helmet and projector eyeware for the Xbox, which could be a planned feature for the company's next-generation console.

It has come to light that software developer Microsoft has patented a gaming helmet and projector eyeware for the Xbox, which could be a planned feature for the company's next-generation console.

 
The Redmond, Washington-based firm has been secretly working on the gaming accessory since September 2010, according to Patent Bolt, and has two versions in the work, which could revolutionise console gaming in the same way that the Wii did.
 
The two variations are a helmet and glasses, both of which feature two projectors, which project virtual gameplay imagery into the room, bringing the industry one step closer to holographic gaming.
 
xbox gaminghelmet Microsoft Xbox projector helmet patent shows game console plans
 
The patent suggests that the projectors will be partially transparent so that users can see both the projected virtual objects and the real terrain and objects behind them, helping bring gamers closer to the dream of actually being fully present in the game environment. Of course, this might only work with gimmicky games that involve, for example, finding or interacting with objects in one's house, rather than full-blown blockbuster titles.
 
There is also no guaranteeing that Microsoft will successfully develop this technology, or that it will be used in the Xbox 720, but it certainly needs a new approach to consoles if it is to compete with the Wii U, which is taking advantage of the tablet computer boom by adding a tablet controller.
 
Source: Patent Bolt