According to a new patent filing, Microsoft might be bringing DVR functionality to a gaming console (the assumption being the forthcoming Xbox 720).

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To be honest this isn’t much of a surprise with Media Center all but dead and Microsoft wanting you to do more with your Xbox.

Patent No. 8,083,593, according to the USPTO abstract:

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.

via: CNET