Microsoft has been granted a patent allowing it to include a device that would serve as both a game console and digital video recorder.
The patent was granted on December 27th by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is described as follows:
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 you can see from the description, this would allow users to record tv, in-game action and more, which proves that any future console will not only be part of a full entertainment experience but will also no doubt include social aspects, such as the ability to share your gaming experience with others.
Just because this patent has been granted doesn’t mean we will see it anytime soon, but it’s certainly an interesting look into what Microsoft is planning for the future.