News about technology patents have been flying around recently. Microsoft are to have rumored to file a patent regarding the next Xbox console will have DVR features.
The patent in question has been described as:
A digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component allows users to record media content on the gaming console. The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu. 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.
No word has been given on pricing for this feature or for the new iteration of the Xbox itself, but with more social and entertainment features available on Xbox it is becoming very clear where Microsoft are headed with their ‘gaming devices’.
This is only a rumor though, the last rumor about a Microsoft patent was one where Kinect would be able to interpret sign-language. And while that patent appeared to be true no further mention of the feature has been revealed; and until Kinect 2.0 starts development probably never will.
The new Xbox, which is going under the ridiculous codename of Xbox 720, is due to be unveiled at E3 2013 with a presentation at the Computer Electronics Show about it later this month.