The latest revelation in from the US Patent & Trademark Office reveals that Microsoft are already busy plotting the expansion of their Xbox empire, having filed a number of patents related to their plans for the future.
The patent hints at a new console “system” that will lie at the heart of a gaming-media network, bringing together distributed computing between consoles and handheld devices (such as the Zune), which can share games, media and other functionality across a huge networks of gadgets.
A ‘multi component gaming system’ is the order of the day, according to the patent, which will work with PCs, media players, consoles, Pocket PCs, PDAs and more – with devices linked via LAN, Wi-Fi, USB Firewire et al. Once linked devices will share the same set of features and capabilities, sharing the individual abilities of components forming parts of the network. For example, a smartphone could be used to control a game while the audio is streamed via a networked Zune player – all using the console as a central ‘hub’.
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