The jDome – Total Gamer Immersion

Posted on May 19 2008 - 3:04am by Richard Sharp

Get Lost In Your Own Little Game WorldIt looked, for a while, like we might have some great rumours about the Xbox 540 – the upcoming update of the Xbox 360 that would essentially be thinner, quieter, and quicker than the Xbox360. Unfortunately, though, Microsoft has stepped up to crush those rumours. So, instead, we thought we’d take a look at the jDome, designed by John Nilsson as the ultimate gaming dome.

For many people, the perfect gaming rig is one that consists of the TV when you can grab a few minutes and a room free of children and pets. But the jDome would allegedly offer an experience like no other. You put the jDome in front of a projector, alter the Field of View settings on your game and away you go.

Because of the domed effect of the jDome, and the way the brain transmits visual data collected from your peripheral line of sight, you become immersed in the gaming world of your choice. What’s more, according to Nilsson, it would only cost the equivalent of around £100 (ignoring the cost of a reasonable projector obviously, but who doesn’t have one of them lying around?).

The jDome isn’t yet in production but if you’re really desperate to get one, you can donate to the project in a bid to see it come to fruition. It’s already been featured on quite a few high profile blogs, and you can YouTube it to see it in action. Modders are also needed to help modify games so that they work more effectively. Alternatively, visit the website to see some sample videos of the jDome in action.

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