A recent Microsoft patent application reveals that the company is considering work on a device that will project game worlds on to the walls of a room, immersing the player in the environment.
According to the patent, "an immersive display environment is provided to a human user by projecting a peripheral image onto environmental surfaces around the user. The peripheral images serve as an extension to a primary image displayed on a primary display."
A Kinect-like camera would detect where the player was standing, and technology akin to the rumoured Kinect Glasses would lend a 3D effect to projections in the room.
"The user may enjoy an immersive 3-D experience using suitable headgear, such as active shutter glasses configured to operate in synchronization with suitable alternate-frame image sequencing at primary display and environmental display," reads the patent.
The technology would bring things such as peripheral vision into play, and allow payers to turn and see enemies approaching them from behind, for example.
Finger and eye tracking are both also mentioned.
The patent application was originally filed in Q1 2011, but just recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.