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Microsoft Patents DVR for Game Consoles

By - Source: USPTO | B 26 comments

Microsoft just received a patent that closely defines the Xbox 360 as a motion picture entertainment center and much more than just a game console.

The patent, which was filed in January 2007, barely two months after the release of the competing PlayStation 3, Microsoft laid out "an integrated gaming and media experience" that enables users to record media via a "digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component."

The Xbox 360 has supported DVR functions via the Media Remote for some time, However, the record feature only supports content recording to a DVR that is installed by a TV service provider. This patent appears to be a fully integrated DVR experience that records content directly to the Xbox 360 and supports recording during gameplay or video watching. When Microsoft limited its DVR feature for the game console, it stated that it requires the support of an actual DVR as the game console itself is frequently turned off. However the patent explicitly states that this DVR feature also applies when "the gaming console is turned off."

A fully functional DVR are a logical step for game consoles as they are becoming entertainment devices and have to deliver many more functions than just game play and video rental.

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    memadmax , December 27, 2011 11:35 PM
    Patents are officially a joke.... Tools to use against your competitors....
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    captaincharisma , December 28, 2011 12:23 AM
    dameon51I'm gonna patent your mom.


    well we sure can't patent yours. everyone in town has patented her already :) 
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    klavis , December 27, 2011 11:35 PM
    The concept of a DVR should not be able to be further patented at this point...the whole concept is very old.
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    phishy714 , December 27, 2011 11:13 PM
    Actually.. not a bad idea for once.

    Soon enough you will have Xfinity and Fios running through the damn consoles.
  • 22 Hide
    memadmax , December 27, 2011 11:35 PM
    Patents are officially a joke.... Tools to use against your competitors....
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    klavis , December 27, 2011 11:35 PM
    The concept of a DVR should not be able to be further patented at this point...the whole concept is very old.
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    Anonymous , December 27, 2011 11:42 PM
    WTf i keep seeing microsoft and google and other large companies patenting anything and everything under the sun. how is it that u can just have an idea for something without any working products or the desire to actually create the product in the near future, yet your able to patent the idea for it and keep anyone else from being able to bring that product to market unless they want to pay the big boys the money to do so. no wonder we are going deeper into debt everyday
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    Shin-san , December 27, 2011 11:45 PM
    So this is using one of the Xbox 360's threads. Not too bad of a hit, but would it take away from the gaming significantly? Yes, the 360's CPU is well-suited for video compression (due to it being a PowerPC with very fat vector units) and background tasks, but I'm wondering how it would affect gaming.
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    dameon51 , December 27, 2011 11:53 PM
    I'm gonna patent your mom.
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    Anonymous , December 28, 2011 12:21 AM
    Other than Sony and Nintendo, both big companies and Nintendo actually leads this generation in consoles sold with the Wii. Thus far, how is anyone going to out game console a Sony, Nintendo or MS if they don't have a huge amount of cash up front?

    There is no small company out there paying off the big boys to enter into this particular market. Just saying.
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    captaincharisma , December 28, 2011 12:21 AM
    if MS gets this expect sony to sue. they already tried a PVR type device for the PS3 in japan.
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    captaincharisma , December 28, 2011 12:23 AM
    dameon51I'm gonna patent your mom.


    well we sure can't patent yours. everyone in town has patented her already :) 
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    digitalrazoe , December 28, 2011 1:20 AM
    This patent crap is about as interesting as bamboo shoots getting shoved up my fingernails .. REALLY ? PATENT DVR FOR GAME CONSOLES ? ( I had to read it twice before I threw up!) This patent thing is getting out of hand. NOW it is preventing innovation for the simple reason.. Next thing they are going to patent how you sleep.. how you type and how you MIGHT misspell words. I can understand it if they discovered a new way to make a processor (to a point) but all this frivolous patent for the sake of cornering the market? ( Burn in hell !!!)
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    extremepcs , December 28, 2011 1:22 AM
    Xbox hard drives are rather small, no? It doesn't seem like you would be able to store very many movies/shows.
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    dameon51 , December 28, 2011 2:54 AM
    captaincharismawell we sure can't patent yours. everyone in town has patented her already

    I had to thumbs up on that one. I had it comin'
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    fb39ca4 , December 28, 2011 3:58 AM
    That's not innovation. That is just consolidating the features of two commonplace devices into one.

    Actually, I think this is just a conspiracy to get the people with 4GB consoles to buy the hard drives.
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    alidan , December 28, 2011 6:25 AM
    captaincharismaif MS gets this expect sony to sue. they already tried a PVR type device for the PS3 in japan.

    it was for the PlayStation 3 I thought it was for 2

    But yes Sony was first
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    RabidFace , December 28, 2011 7:36 AM
    alidanit was for the PlayStation 3 I thought it was for 2 But yes Sony was first


    You are very close. It was called the "PSX". But, people like me call the PS1, a PSX.

    But the PSX was marketed more as a DVD/DVR player than a PS2 that is a DVR. It wasn't even sold with a controller, only a Remote. If my mind serves me right, it had a 250GB HDD, and could record mannny hours of content. And yes, it was only available in Japan.
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    skerjil , December 28, 2011 9:49 AM
    rabidfaceYou are very close. It was called the "PSX". But, people like me call the PS1, a PSX.But the PSX was marketed more as a DVD/DVR player than a PS2 that is a DVR. It wasn't even sold with a controller, only a Remote. If my mind serves me right, it had a 250GB HDD, and could record mannny hours of content. And yes, it was only available in Japan.


    He's right, Sony has 2 of these for the PS3 currently in circulation, they're just not available in the States. PlayTV is in Europe and Torne is in Japan, they both support remote play from the PSP and the latter just recently got an update to support Vita. They should have pushed these in other territories or hell, made a PS3 bundle package already.
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    hairystuff , December 28, 2011 9:54 AM
    The PS3 does have the PlayTV usb hardware in europe which records DVB-T to hard disc and even allows the recordings to be transfered to a external usb drive, all this before MS had it running on consoles.
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    techtre2003 , December 28, 2011 3:57 PM
    I have enough devices that play/record TV, play blu-ray, browse the internet, etc.....
    I really wish the console makers would just focus on a machine for PLAYING GAMES!
    Am I alone on this?
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    badaxe2 , December 28, 2011 4:37 PM
    Every win for Xbawcks is a loss for PC. Thanks, Microsoft.
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    slabbo , December 28, 2011 5:01 PM
    So who would Sony sue? Sue the patent office for giving patents on patents that already exist, or Microsoft for filing the patent?
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