Did you know that the Xbox 360 could have had DVR functionality?
The website Tom's Guide has dug up an interesting patent that Microsoft had submitted about a year after the release of the Xbox 360, which shows off a piece of hardware that would have allowed gamers to record their favorite TV shows as they played games, via a DVR function.
The thought of never having to miss one of your favorite shows because you were too deeply involved in whatever game you were playing at the time is actually a really good one, as I'm sure many of us found ourselves in that situation before.
I never did find out who shot Mr. Burns. Curse you Toe Jam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron!
But anyway, even though Microsoft decided to make online streaming (Youtube, Zune, Hulu, Netflix, etc) the backbone of its multimedia focus, that doesn't mean this DVR function isn't worth integrating with the 720 (or whatever they decide to call it).
Would any of you g1s like to see DVR functionality become a factor in the next console generation?
Well, any show I watch nowadays I can get on Hulu Plus, so I personally have no use for it. Then again, I don't have an XBOX...
if it could record gameplay it may have been possible for Microsoft to "justify" increasing the retail value on the console
If the DVR functionality doubled as a way to record game footage, I'd be all over this. But, I don't have cable, so DVR would be a waste on me.
Yep, thats more useful.
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If only we could make that a reality. Not only could we record TV, but we could also record our playthroughs so that we could review them and make improvements to our gaming skills. That would be awesome.
Oh and by the way Ryan, I couldn't find any clips on YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix regarding the case of who shot Mr. Burns. I know who did it, and their initials are M S. If anyone can find clips of that episode, please shed some light on the subject.
It would be awesome to record game footage with the console, without having to buy an accessory that allows it, such as EasyCap.
I'm not sure it is a good idea for most people. After all, DVR is common now for most cable providers. It's a good feature for the few without a big time cable provider, but not worth the investment.
If Wii U & Xbox 720 can do BOTH gameplay D.V.R. recording AND cable-T.V. D.V.R. recording, I might have to get both systems just to experience it for myself! If that's not the future of television and gaming, then WHAT IS?!?
It won't happen with the big 3, as they would find some way to tie that with piracy i'm sure, so your better off getting a $7 USB capture card off Amazon, or Ebay, only downside to that is, it's 480p, but still not bad for $7.
I personally could care less if my next game console has DVR built into it, as so many cable/sat,. boxes these days have them built in, and DirectTV also offers wholehouse DVR recording/viewing features. Also most of the stuff I watch is online within hours, or next day or so for free.
The PSX did have DVR functions at 480p rez, but the system was very unreliable, and they are now often found in a broken state. just look up lukemorris1 on youtube, he lives in Japan, and has some videos about fixing some PSX systems, and how much of a pain in the ass they are.
Didn't the PSX have that?
Sounds good, but I'd rather use the DVR to record my gameplay though.