A delay in bringing Microsoft’s Xbox “augmented reality projector” concept, IllumiRoom, to market, has been linked to cost, the technology giant has confirmed.

The projector – which is capable of expanding content onto living room walls – was previously described by Microsoft as being “just research”. However, the firm has now said that cost is the issue behind the lack of appearance in the consumer marketplace.

Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One, told AusGamers that home cinema enthusiasts should not expect to see the release of the projector anytime soon.

“I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that," Penello said. “It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but... we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s thousands of dollars [for the set up],” he added.

Aimed at gamers and home cinema users, IllumiRoom is designed to extend game content beyond a television, by enhancing certain game elements such as fire. It is also capable of highlighting the edges of games offering gamers a far more exciting and interactive user experience.