Thursday, January 5, 2012

Microsoft to pair DVR with next Xbox?

The next iteration of Microsoft’s Xbox may be a real game-changer for consumers’ living rooms.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the software giant a patent on December 27 for an “integrated gaming and media experience,” in which content could be recorded on a gaming console.

Here’s the essence of patent No. 8,083,593 according to the USPTO abstract:

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.      More