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Microsoft working on home automation for the Xbox 720

by Bill Hess on January 3, 2013


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It is being reported that Microsoft has acquired home entertainment and automation startup R2 Studios, by the Wall Street Journal. Started in 2011, this Silicon Valley company recently launched applications that allow for users to control multiple aspects of their home from smartphones. Could this mean that Microsoft is getting closer to the Xbox being the central peice in the living room that controls all facets of the home? It sure looks like it with this news.

The acquisition sees the small team joining Microsoft’s Xbox division, and Microsoft will retain rights to some of the patents that R2 Studios owns, which relate to controlling electronic devices.

With home automation becoming a growing trend in the U.S. today, the next Xbox could very well have the ability to control multiple facets of the homes that they are used in, and take an even further step away from being a video game console. The Xbox 360 saw a huge swing in its userbase utilzing the console for digital downloads and streaming video options found on the Xbox Live dashboard.

The only commercial application that R2 Studios has released to this point is a $99 application that lets users control lighting, thermostats, security systems, and other products via Android devices.

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  • Sweatygazelle

    Xbox makes me happy

    • Allen

      Well I can piss on you and take your money too

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        You have issues…

  • Squatchmen

    Xbox makes me angry! Hahah, just fucking around…..Xbox Smartglass anyone?

  • djmagnumb

    I know we need innovation, but I wish they would concentrate first and foremost on the gaming aspect of the console. I want to play fuc*ing games not adjust my damn thermostat.

    • http://attackofthefanboy.com/ William

      You have to keep in mind that Microsoft is also rumored to have multiple iterations of the next box coming. Home automation could be a cool feature to sell someone an Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to go along with their entertainment apps.

      • djmagnumb

        Yeah I know there may be a few different Xbox consoles. I just want them to keep their head in the game and concentrate on what they started doing from the beginning…making games.

        • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

          GAMES? ON A GAMING CONSOLE? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?

  • Allen

    Cool so now you have to have Xbox live in order to turn the heat up! M$ can hear the avalanche of cash coming its way. 2 BILLION is a low figure annual profit to deliver nothing. Just imagine

  • Allen

    Xbots also Pay online to have ads on their home screen bravo! It’s the best!

    • GreenRings

      Meanwhile peasants like Allen will need to get up to turn off their lights. I’d spend some money on it. Microsoft is the future, and the future costs cash. Sorry you’re not on board.

    • GreenRings

      Meanwhile peasants like Allen will need to get up to turn off their lights. I’d spend some money on it. Microsoft is the future, and the future costs cash. Sorry you’re not on board.

      • Allen

        Microsoft is the future? LMAO have you seen surface better yet Ballmer? Lol Monkey dance. How about windows 8?

        • Mr.F

          On PS4 you will have to pay for online, its ok to do some research ya know. Also on Xbox we don’t get hacked

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      Sony can’t even afford to buy parts for the PS4

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