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Next Xbox Might Be a DVR

You might be able to record your favorite shows for playback later with the next Xbox.

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Rumors continue to swirl surrounding Microsoft’s next version of the Xbox — what we’re going to call “Xbox 720” just to be clear in this article. The latest rumor about the system comes courtesy of Kotaku, who is reporting that the Xbox 720 may also double as a digital video recorder unit (DVR).

Kotaku got their hands on a patent filed by Microsoft in 2007 — which was recently granted on December 27th, 2011 — for a device that suspiciously sounds a lot like an Xbox with a built-in recorder, be it for television, films or even music.

Here’s the official patent description:

“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.”

This seems like the next logical step for Microsoft to take with the Xbox hardware. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the go-to “media hub” in the family living room, and the addition of a DVR in the next iteration would further that ultimate goal.

If the eventual Xbox 720 lets us record our stories (read also: soap operas) while at work, then we owe Microsoft a life debt. It only seems fair.