Software Patent Hints at PVR Functions in Next Xbox

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Xbox 720 or whatever it might eventually be called by Microsoft's marketing people may arrive PVR features onboard, with a Microsoft patent revealing it's working on a system that lets a "digital video recorder" capture media on a games console.

The patent describes the feature as offering...

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.

...which sounds very much like MS is finally getting ready to deliver what it's been promising us for years -- a properly unified console and set-top-box. [USPTO via Techradar]