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, similar to a holodeck from Star Trek.
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 3D 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.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the holodeck was a sophisticated room, combining force-fields and transporters to create artificial environments that were indistinguishable from the real thing.
Over the course of seven seasons the crew of the Enterprise-D, using the holodeck, visited everywhere from Victorian England to the bridge of the original Enterprise from the 1960s' show.