In what could be something of a big old coup for the next-generation Xbox, Microsoft has acquired home entertainment technology company id8 Group R2 Studios, despite rival bids for the firm from Apple and Google. That's according to The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge), who report the move will "beef up" the Xbox division.
The acquisition brings with it a host of patents, most notable of which are devices and software that ties together various household technology, potentially enabling users to control gadgets around the house. Popping the kettle on while playing Halo could at last become a reality! Maybe...
It's entirely possible that Microsoft could be planning some sort of control interface using Xbox SmartGlass for instance, with Kinect 2 probably slotting somewhere into the equation too. Other patents for the next-gen Xbox also includes something that can theoretically project interactive images all over your playing space. Hmm... we still prefer the ability to turn on the kettle with our controller. Make it happen, Microsoft!
Source - X360A