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R2 Studios has been working on technology that distributes and displays digital media on TVs

In an attempt to broaden its Xbox business, Microsoft has acquired a Silicon Valley startup that will bring new digital patents to the table.

Microsoft got its hands on id8 Group R2 Studios Inc., better known as R2 Studios, which launched in 2011 by entrepreneur Blake Krikorian. The startup specializes in entertainment and automation technology, and recently released an app that allows your smartphone to control your home's security system and thermostat.

R2 Studios has been working on technology that distributes and displays digital media on TVs, which can be beneficial to Microsoft's Xbox business. Xbox has been slowly working its way up from just being a video game console to also providing content from services like Netflix and Comcast.

According to The Wall Street Journal, R2 Studios was also talking with Apple and Google for possible deals.

The amount that Microsoft paid for R2 Studios is unknown.

Last month, Xbox Live subscribers lost access to the Cloud Saved Games feature, which allows gamers to store saved games online and pick them up later on a different console if they'd like. The outage lasted anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Microsoft compensated for the outage with a free month of Xbox Live to all who were affected.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: a bit off-topic
By MrBlastman on 1/3/2013 12:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
There will also always be a need for a strong gaming PC, too. At least for the foreseeable future.

Try running Falcon 4 BMS or DCS A-10 on a console. I dare you. It ain't gonna happen. Nor will it on a phone or pad.

RE: a bit off-topic
By Motoman on 1/3/2013 12:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, which is why my OP here stated that there would always be consoles, PCs, and phone/tablet gaming. Because each one has distinct characteristics that the others don't.

Personally, with both an XBox 360 and a Wii in the house, all that ever gets played around here is PC games anyway. Unless we're having friends over, in which case the Wii gets played. The XBox may as well be a paperweight.

<typed as I'm also playing Fantasica on my phone>

RE: a bit off-topic
By MrBlastman on 1/3/2013 12:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
I skipped the 360 and PS 3 completely. I have a Wii... but... well, it mostly gets used to watch Netflix (we have a tube, hardly ever watch tv and when we do, it is PBS via antenna).

I must admit though, I have succumbed to one modern-gen console game on my PC--Dark Souls. I can't put it down. Probably because it is far more old-school than it is modern (Metroid 1/Zelda 1) with PC-level depth to it in a few ways. But, alas, I am playing it on my PC--using a 360 controller, but PC nontheless.

RE: a bit off-topic
By ClownPuncher on 1/3/2013 1:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
That game is hot.

RE: a bit off-topic
By Mitch101 on 1/3/2013 2:23:54 PM , Rating: 3
Hasnt anyone heard of Microsoft SmartGlass?

Microsoft's SmartGlass brings Xbox 360, tablets and phones together

RE: a bit off-topic
By Mitch101 on 1/3/2013 3:08:38 PM , Rating: 3
Also R2 was not just about home automation.

R2 Studios has been working on ways to display content on televisions, which could coordinate with Xbox's focus of adding TV entertainment to its gaming console.

The next generation of X-Box is rumored to also be a DVR but I wouldn't be surprised if it also streamed content to mobile devices even over the internet kind of like a media server.

RE: a bit off-topic
By mcnabney on 1/4/2013 9:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
There isn't a technical challenge to getting TV on a console. The challenge is prying the content away from the vertically integrated companies that control it. Acquiring R2 isn't going to help with that.

RE: a bit off-topic
By Motoman on 1/3/2013 7:40:08 PM , Rating: 1

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