Microsoft files patent for modular gaming system


— 5:04 PM on April 23, 2007

Last week, we spotted a Microsoft patent application that seemed to apply to a potential Zune Phone—a device that Microsoft said would definitely be part of the Zune brand. We've now spotted yet another Microsoft patent application, but this one is related to the Xbox brand rather than the Zune. The patent applies to a sort of modular gaming system, and its abstract description reads:

A gaming system including handheld devices and console devices has variable functionality and processing performance as determined by the number of components in the system. Gaming components can be combined wirelessly, by wired connections (e.g., via a docking station), or a combination thereof. The processing capabilities and functionality of each gaming component in a combination are augmented by the processing capabilities and functionality of other gaming components in the combination. To take advantage of another gaming components processing capabilities and memory capacity, each gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component to process gaming applications. Further, each gaming component is capable of rendering audio and/or video information provided by another gaming component. Also, a gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component as an adjunct processor.
If you had the Power Rangers theme playing through your head while reading that, you probably have the right idea. Could this be what Microsoft has in store for its third Xbox console, or is it something else entirely?
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