New Xbox 720 will also be a digital video recorder
The patent suggests the device will be able to record programs in the background while the user is playing a game.
The recording functionality could also extend to capturing in-game experiences to show off your playing prowess to your friends and family.
Recently the Xbox 360 underwent quite a transformation with the recent software upgrade turning the gaming console into an all-round entertainment solution with extra streamed content and functionality.
This latest patent for the Xbox 360 follow-up – which could be called the Xbox 720 or NextBox – lends weight to Microsoft’s goal of making the console an entertainment hub.
Here in Australia the Xbox 360 can already be used to stream catch-up TV and original content as well as accessing Foxtel pay TV channels.
The recent addition of Kinect – the device which turns player’s bodies into their controller – can now allow users to control their Xbox 360 simply by talking to it.