Microsoft has just been granted a patent for digital video recorder (DVR) function for gaming consoles.
The document titled “Recording media on gaming consoles” details DVR functionality running alongside the gaming component of the gaming console.
Microsoft writes in the abstract of the patent:
“An integrated gaming and media experience is disclosed, including recording of content on a gaming console. 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.”
The patent was filed in January 2007 and hints to a time when Microsoft once thought of putting the gaming console and DVR together.