Thanks to some patent sleuthing done by the good folks at Kotaku, a new rumor has sprung up regarding the capabilities of Microsoft’s next home console. Apparently, Microsoft filed a patent that featured a DVR application working on a future gaming console.
Here is the section of the patent that Kotaku points to in order to highlight the rumor of this feature’s coming:
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.
As awesome as it would be to be able to DVR television content whether my Xbox 720 (or whatever) is on or off, the notion of recording both local and online gameplay is exceptionally exciting for me. A lot of gamers would love a way to easily capture and share their gameplay footage with communities like YouTube. Console gamers today typically have to use an external device or computer in order to record and edit in-game footage before posting it for their friends and fans to see.
Imagine if Microsoft made it possible to do it from their console with any of their games … the concept is excellent.
Of course, patent descriptions don’t do much to confirm the existence or plans for an upcoming product. Just because Microsoft filed this patent doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be making use of it with their next home console. It’s a rumor; until Microsoft confirms or denies it, it will stay that way.
We’ll have more on the next Xbox as it comes.