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An old patent for a version of the console we now know as the Xbox 360 was discovered by tomsguide.com from about a year after the release of the console in 2005. This patent seems to hint that Microsoft originally was looking at DVR capabilities for the 360, but ultimately scrapped them.
Microsoft has always been ahead of the game when it comes to streaming content, whether live TV or movies, but this newly unearthed piece of video game history unveils their plans to allow owners of their console to record live television WHILE they were playing a game, watching a video, or even when their console was powered off.
It’s not known why Microsoft decided to scrap this DVR project, but it sure is fun to think about the added functionality this would have brought to the 360. It will certainly be interesting to see if Microsoft decides to pioneer this technology on consoles with its next-gen system, especially now that we know they were strongly considering it for the current generation.