Experiencing Razer's Project Ariana at CES 2017

We got some time to check out Project Ariana first-hand at CES 2017, and it was pretty amazing. The depth-sensing, whole-room projector concept was announced earlier today as a means of providing immersive gaming experiences that don't involve virtual reality.

Many will remember Microsoft's previous dalliance in this space, and Razer's approach is equally tenuous. It's still very much a concept, and showing it off is primarily to the end of gauging consumer interest. Developers are already showing some excitement, by way of partnerships with companies like Philips, who can have their internet-connected light bulbs flash appropriately with the rest of the action. This is a great way of expanding their existing ecosystem of Chroma-lit accessories.

My time in the demo room sold the concept wholeheartedly. Developer adoption and cost would still be significant bottlenecks to a real-world product, but the performance of Shadow Warrior 2 was totally smooth. Though I might get a bit distracted by my mouse and keyboard constantly flashing, the expanded view of the screen is great. I've already been able to enjoy a fuzzier version of this experience by way of peripherals like LightPack at home. Being able to crank up the fidelity and range of that experience would be a fantastic upgrade.

At the very least, Razer deserves credit for iterating on a great idea. Equally, Project Valerie reinforces their willingness to try out some truly insane products, even if they never see the light of day. Of course, that's not stopping me from hoping this thing gets made. How much would you be willing to pay for something like Project Ariana in your home?

  • You're kidding, right? This is identical to what Microsoft developed for a tech concept video. Xbox 720 IllumiRoom:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJCzP6hV5b8 Illumi Room Project (Prototype Xbox 720 en Action ?) - Tech Demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsoIKPkbCag We all saw this one, I think. There was also something similar called Room Alive. Razer can't possibly be claiming this is new and they created it. Do people have such short term memory???    
  • My thoughts exactly.
  • Why can't they, Apple does that all the time. Don't they? :)
  • They do! Clearly underestimating your target audience and lying to them is the way to make millions. Making money seems to be synonymous with taking advantage of the fact that people is dumb.
  • But the fault lies with Microsoft for not following through and releasing an actual product.  Much like the the 3D touch that Apple released...
  • yeah but business have more money to spend, if these things were too expensive to get directly, having the partner funnel to consumers might be just as good if not better..? =s
  • I linked to IllumiRoom right at the top of the second paragraph. At the end, I say Razer deserves credit for iterating on established ideas. Totally aware it's not a new idea, but ideas are cheap. Implementation is hard. After four years of letting a promising concept wither on the vine, I'm pretty happy to see someone else have a go.
  • Patents do pay a pretty penny... ;p
  • Let's be real.  Anyone paying attention knows Microsoft developed this idea.  But Microsoft is lazy.  The idea was suppose to work with the Kinect.  But since the Kinect is now Microsoft's step child or forgotten child the idea probably was ditch once they knew the weren't going to invest in the Kinect any longer.  Maybe they are working on something secretly, but they've working on that "magic" phone like forever secretly too. 
  • What about patents though?
  • What CoachCsan said... Maybe Microsoft has signed a deal with OEMS in which they pay Microsoft to use the patent. And/or Microsoft will get a percentage of every device sold same as they receive with each Android phone sold. I'm just dismayed Microsoft didn't do this fully first with Kinect. 😞
  • please understand that its pretty much like you said of being the same as illumniroom.,I am pretty sure that is just like microsoft does all the time, they invent or produce the idea patented and then sell it to OEMs to make the royalties. So I'm pretty sure they are behind this since its obviouly in the PC atmosphere. Just cant wait till they finally implemented to the Xbox One! ^_^
  • Apple-style baby!
  • I came to comment the same thing.
  • Hahaha exactly what I was thinking when i saw this.
  • My first thought when I heard about this
  • i am curious as to how much this will cost. what other real world application does this help? i only see it for gaming.  that said, what kind of gamer has the cash and space to set this up? when i imaging a gamer, i just see the '20 most worst pc setup of all time' in some basement with trash all over the place.  is this just me? http://www.thinkcomputers.org/20-of-the-worst-pc-setups-july-2016/    
  • Im sure Razer purchased this from Microsoft. Everyone whining about ideas when I'm pretty sure some sort of transaction went down so MS will let Razer have all the credit here.
  •   I'm pretty sure they did not sold that idea to Razer! If anything, Microsoft just Patented the Idea and sold it to them for royalties like it always is and the best way for them to make mulah!!$$$
  • This is the right answer. MS has patented this, made a tech demo, then sat on it waiting for someone to want to use it. I'm glad someone has picked up the torch!! MS do this all the time, as do other companies, it's why patents exist.
  • Until we had our fourth child, we had a room dedicated to a home theater... Hope this is available once the older two head off to University in 4 years because this is sooo cool! 
  • Am I the only one that thinks this would be totally distracting and don't understand the reason for it? Microsoft's kinect version you could interact with the room this is just a projector as a second screen around your TV. It just doesn't apeal to me.
  • Then it's not for you. It's for the crowd that are interested in multi-monitor gaming.
  • Cost and how it work is a big question for me. 1. Will it work with any HDMI based device, or will it only be able to be used on a PC with special gear (would love to take a 2nd HDMI out of my AVR and play Xbox one, 360, PS4, WillU and get the same affect off all of them) 2. How much will it cost ? 3. Will it be available as an addon to a current projector ? I hope this comes to maket even if it is a few grand....too bad that if it IS that expensive, and needs speical software to run, it will never sell well, not everyone Is going to spend that kind of money on an item like this. I so want this.....