While largely still an idea reserved for science fiction and the military, there are products like this on the market and it looks like Microsoft has been working on one of its own head-mounted video displays since September 2010, possibly for the Xbox 360′s successor.
Patent Bolt uncovered a patent application submitted by Microsoft revealing what clearly looks like wearable, semi-transparent displays that could easily be used to produce a more immersive gaming experience.
The result of such technology would either enable the user to view the entire gaming space from the glasses, or to view game-related content on something like a Heads Up Display. The glasses would be able to project a 16:9 image that would act similar a 21-inch television at arm’s length.
Microsoft have envisaged a new way of approaching this device and it’s uses are not limited to just glasses but also helmets and other applications. It has scope for 3D and employs clever technology that allows the eye to focus on something so close to the eye. It would be a blast to use this headset and would allow Microsoft to set a standard on what you would be viewing the game from, meaning the game would be designed for use with it. Although it is worrying that we may be shelling out on more than one pair to allow for multiple users.
The company is obviously involved with a number of developments, so this design could be destined for a variety of products or even simply sink away, never to be created. In light of this, with the imminent announcement of the next Xbox within the next couple of years, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to think that Microsoft has plans to take gaming to yet another level.