Microsoft Acquires R2 Studios for Xbox Unit
January 3, 2013 9:33 AM
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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
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.
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.
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RE: a bit off-topic
1/3/2013 4:42:42 PM
I believe that you are partially right. There will no longer be "consoles" it will be your personal media device of choice a.k.a. phone. If the game you want to play needs more "power" to play that game then it simply wirelessly hooks up to a processing station/server such as your PC or perhaps something built specifically to do processing for everything in your house that communicates with it.
Your media device hands off the application to run on the server while your media device becomes the controller/display(unless you switch to TV viewing in which case the server communicates to the TV as well).
The above suggested situation can happen with today's technology.
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