The next Xbox console may also be a digital video recorder, according to a recently granted Microsoft patent.
Spotted by Kotaku, the patent perhaps hints at the next step in the platform holder's strategy to create a true media hub fusing TV, films, internet and games.
Originally filed in 2007, and approved by the US Patent & Trademark Office on December 27 last year, patent # 8,083,593 describes:
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.
Microsoft promised to usher in "a new era in television" with the addition of content on Xbox 360 from almost 40 TV and entertainment suppliers following the introduction of the console's new dashboard last month.
It's also reportedly seeking a television executive to head up the creation of original Xbox Live TV content.