New patent suggests next-Xbox may have DVR support
Recording video game clips from the console itself? Yes, please.
USPTO has granted a patent from Microsoft that incorporates Digital Video Recorder (DVR) functionality into gaming consoles. Interestingly, the patent was filed in 2007 – only two years after the release of the Xbox 360.
Could this mean the next-Xbox will have DVR capabilities? Could be, and we certainly hope so. According to the patent, the DVR application will allow “users to record media content on the gaming console.” The application will be integrated with the console menu itself, allowing users to “record media content while playing games.”
It also adds: “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.”
The idea of recording gameplay footage sounds pretty fine to me. It will negate the need to purchase those expensive recording devices and go through the tedious process of recording, converting and uploading.