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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.