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Is Microsoft's New Patent the Future of Gaming?

post Monday September 24, 2012


Microsoft’s “immersive display experience” patent, originally filed in March 2011, was published by US Patent & Trademark Office. The concept is to augment the primary display, a television for example, and project a peripheral image onto the surrounding environment. Microsoft suggests that the current interactive media experiences are constrained by the reliance on a single screen. "Such displays are typically the only source of visual content, so that the media experience is bounded by the bezel of the display," the patent application notes. "Even when focused on the display, the user may perceive architectural and decorative feature 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."

To provide a more realistic entertainment experience, the innovation engages the user’s situational and peripheral awareness with the system’s ability to perceive motion. The innovation tracks user’s position, features and movements using a depth camera which performs in a similar fashion as the Xbox Kinect sensor. Whether the new application filing will eventually turn into the next generation of Xbox remains to be seen.

Sources: Joystiq, Novagraaf, US Patent & Trademark Office

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