Microsoft Xbox 720 Will Have PVR Functionality

The Xbox 360 has been undergoing a transformation into a bit of a media-hub of late, with catch-up TV apps and media content being added to the platform en-masse. It seems that this is just the beginning, with Microsoft looking to add PVR functionality to the as yet un-announced next generation of it’s Xbox console.

xbox-720Microsoft have applied for and been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “a digital video recorder (DVR) application:

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.

So it seems Microsoft will be invading our living rooms a bit more when the new console launches. We wonder how Sony will respond.


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