Microsoft Patent Hints at Possible DVR in Xbox 720

As the gaming world eagerly awaits the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles, rumors regarding both devices continue to trickle from the rumor mill. The latest regarding the Xbox 720 is that the console will come with an integrated DVR.

A patent recently awarded to Microsoft in hints that the new console could have the ability to record video. The abstract of the patent describes an 'integrated gaming and media experience' that includes 'recording of content on a gaming console.' What's more, the filing goes on to describe a DVR application running alongside a TV client component that allows users to record media content on the console, even while playing games.

"The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu," the abstract explains. "Once integrated, users can record media content while playing games. Alternatively, users can record content when the gaming console is turned off. The recorded content can include television programming, gaming experience (whether local or online), music, DVDs, and so on. When in the recording state, users can also switch between various other media modes, whether gaming, television, and so on."

Of course, there's no guarantee that this feature will end up in the next Xbox, as we all know, a patent is not an automatic indication of an upcoming product. Still, this feature isn't exactly outside of the realm of possibility, either. We'll keep you posted on any developments.

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  • "a patent is not an automatic indication of an upcoming product"

    It is an automatic indication of future trolling.
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  • That's all good and nice to have. But I fail to see what is patentable here.
    DVRs have been out for a while. Simply combining two existing technologies into one box should not give one a patent.
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  • Will it come with the built in standard RRoD feature?
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  • "a patent is not an automatic indication of an upcoming product"

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  • Good idea but it would need to be a dual tuner at least. With Sat and OTA it would hopefully cater both otherwise I'll just build my media server. Sony Had a PVR addon for PS3 tho It only handled OTA which doesn't get fully switched on till the end of 2012 here meaning half the channels are patchy especially in bad weather. FreeSat is the only option that properly works here.
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