Microsoft has offered more solid details of its new gaming system, the IllumiRoom, which uses a projector as part of a system that turns a whole room into a giant gaming screen.

Details of the technology came to light last year through the filing of a patent, but the company has now released a video as a proof-of-concept of the IllumiRoom system. It is believed that the system will be officially demonstrated at a computer graphics conference later this year.

The video shows how the system “augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualisations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience”.

A spokesman for Microsoft said that the system combines the capabilities of Kinect device and a projector for a unique experience.

“IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds,” the spokesman said. “Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics.”