Virtual Reality? Microsoft Has Something Bigger Planned

Why go virtual when you can go augmented?

Posted By | On 07th, Oct. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

So I’m one of those people who firmly believe that this new wave of virtual reality is a fad, and the gimmick will die down soon (hey guys, remember the 3D gaming wave from a few years ago?). Having said that, it exists right now, with Oculus Rift leading the way, and Sony getting in on the action with its Morpheus headset, planned for the PlayStation 4.

Obviously, Microsoft wants in on some of that action, but it’s going a totally different route entirely. You see, instead of doing another Virtual Reality headset, this project that Microsoft’s research team has floated is an augmented reality concept, that turns your entire living room into a video game. It’s called RoomAlive, and you can see it above.

There are a few things to keep in mind as you watch this video- that this is not a product developed for the end consumer (even though it seems to have been designed for ease of use and scaleability), that this is probably still very early in development, and that this isn’t even an Xbox product, it’s something Microsoft’s research team did on the side.

Still, though, it looks suitably cool. What do you think?

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  • Mr_Aaron

    The usual “VR is like 3D movies fad” article or this variant “3D Gaming Fad” (Was that even remotely a FAD!!) It’s cool to swim against the current yeah? Except that you’re completely wrong. The experience of being inside a completely virtual world is remarkable. Period. So let me get this straight VR isn’t cool it’s just a fad but Microsoft making your loungeroom into a giant inferior virtual experience is cool!
    Give me a break.

    • Michael Norris

      Well this is a pro MS site so these type of stories always make it here.Also the author loves to over hype anything Xbox related.I think this is stupid,you need a open room also need a rather large area to do all of this.

    • Pramath

      Me, pro-Xbox? I mean, have you read the stuff I’ve written?

    • Kel

      I think 3D movies is a fad. Not until they can do it without the need for glasses. But a virtual reality is no fad. That would be freakin’ amazing. Imagine being immersed in the Star Wars or Mass Effect universe, or playing a FPS being in the environment with a physical gun. It’s not just the headsets that are being developed, but omni-treadmills as well. With the way technology is advancing, I’m sure VR gaming be available to consumers in a few years’ time.


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