Xbox One patent outlines Achievement implementation for watching TV programs

Friday, 24th May 2013 19:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

An Xbox One patent filed by Microsoft could see the firm implementing Achievements for watching certain TV programs using the new system.

According to the patent application posted by GI International, handing out Achievements is an opportunity for TV viewers to feel as if they are participating in something instead of just being a “passive” viewer.

“Television viewing tends to be a passive experience for a viewer, without many opportunities for the viewer to engage or have interactive experiences with the presented content,” the application states. “To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content.”

One such example was by watching the Super Bowl, which is interesting considering the firm’s deal with the NFL, and another example was an Achievement for watching an entire season of a TV show.

“Tying the awards and achievements to particular items of video or advertising content, viewers may be encouraged to increase their viewership of the content, thus increasing advertising opportunities,” the application stated.

More Achievements could be handed out by using Kinect along with the system, and handing them out when users perform certain actions while they watch a show.

This can also be achieved through asking the user to hold up a specific product which Kinect would scan and reward an Achievement.

Rewards possible for such could also vary from GamerScore like points to actual physical rewards.

Other Kinect patents we told you about last night, and updated this morning, could see Kinect acting as a watchdogof sorts by monitoring the number of viewers in a room.

This would allow content providers to set a threshold which if exceeded would trigger a prompt for the device owner to purchase a license for more viewers.

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  1. ps3fanboy

    hahahaha!… so its true!… it don’t get dumber than this.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Samoan Spider

    Not sure if being trolled by MS or true :)

    #2 11 months ago
  3. ArcticMonkey

    I usually buy all three systems… This go it’s only a PS4.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Djoenz

    whahahahahaaha sorry this patent is hilarious.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Beta

    Achievement unlocked: Watch Sports!

    I can’t quite imagine that. :D

    #5 11 months ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    “Microsoft also envisioned using the Kinect motion-sensing camera in tandem with this system. For example, achievements may be tied to viewers performing specific actions while they watch a show.”

    oh god, add porn into mix and the jokes write themselves.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    Achievements for TV? I be back to see what jokes other people have lined up.
    In the mean time:

    #7 11 months ago
  8. salarta


    #8 11 months ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    @6 That’s what I was imagining and you couldn’t make this stuff up! Imagine the multiplayer options!

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Djoenz

    “This can also be achieved through asking the user to hold up a specific product which Kinect would scan and reward an Achievement.

    Rewards possible for such could also vary from GamerScore like points to actual physical rewards”

    *Holds up a purple dildo and waves


    However physical rewards aye :hmmm:

    #10 11 months ago
  11. polygem

    @9: some free for all and then some relaxing coop action or some capture the flag

    #11 11 months ago
  12. zinc

    Pavlov was a pussy, MS got it going on!

    #12 11 months ago
  13. salarta

    I actually just thought of the patent about Kinect demanding payment of a license if reaching over a certain number of viewers. I’m imagining a sleepover of teenagers watching a movie, it’s halfway through, and all of a sudden when their mom checks in on them, bam. Movie stops, demands a license.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. pleasant_cabbage

    Really ms? Really? Feck me. I’m trying so hard to not join in with the lol avalanche but jeez :)

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Djoenz

    Achievement number 1: Order a pizza through the pizza hut app
    Achievement number 2: Eat/devour the pizza within one hour after ordering it in front of the Kinect
    Achievement number 3: Skype while eating a pizza ordered through the pizza hut app.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. fearmonkey

    @dang you salarta – I had to look up that movie as I never heard of it before….yuck…

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Bomba Luigi

    oh, C’mon. Now your going just silly MS.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. deathm00n

    Achievement Unlocked: Gaming Community Chaos – Show a Doritos bag to kinect.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. redwood

    lol.. me and my borther were dicussing XboxOne today, and he predicted exactly this :D only in his prediction, you would get inter-episode achievements like “free daenerys”..

    #19 11 months ago
  20. Templar_Dante

    Xbox fanbase, what is your IQ?
    why would you fall for this ?

    #20 11 months ago
  21. Clupula

    @16 – It would probably disturb you to know I own the Criterion Blu-Ray of it.

    #21 11 months ago
  22. Clupula

    You know, once or twice, I’ve accused someone of jerking off to pictures of Bill Gates.

    Now, they’ll get an achievement for it.

    #22 11 months ago
  23. G-Sama

    Sooo ….
    *watching hentai*
    Achievement unlocked : Virgin

    #23 11 months ago
  24. salarta

    @16: The movie is used in academic studies by several universities and programs, so there’s some actual academic merit to the film (at least as far as academics consider it). But, it’s hardly something you want to advertise to your friends that you watched, sort of like how nobody would want to use social media to share a porn video on Facebook.

    #24 11 months ago
  25. Clupula

    @24 – You and I must have totally different sets of friends. lol

    #25 11 months ago
  26. Richenbaum

    You can thank all the people that play crap solely to raise their achievement/trophy count for making things like this valid selling points. Not that it’s anything to get so upset about. This doesn’t actually effect anyone just playing games in any way. Now sit back, relax, and wait for Sony to announce that it will be doing the same thing with it’s social networking features, because you’re kidding yourselves if you think they won’t.

    #26 11 months ago
  27. Wen3

    What do you think we are mindless robots with no brains we going to burn you microsoft-just saying

    #27 11 months ago
  28. Mjorh

    @22 what a great accusation!D! +1!
    Man its still so hilarious imagining watchin tv with a console !

    #28 11 months ago
  29. MadFingerz

    True Story

    #29 11 months ago
  30. WENDiGO

    The console hasn’t even been released yet and we’re already laughing at some of its features, that’s bad. Laugh now before they charge for that as well.

    #30 11 months ago
  31. Lengendaryboss

    Laughing = Bad its only bad if the person feels bad. “Laugh now before they charge for that as well.” I would love to see them try and its XBone “go fuck yourself” Kinect: “I Do Not Comprehend What Your Saying” :D Me: Xbone “Goodnight sleep tight don’t mind the trip to the bin” :D Kinect: “Don’t leave me” :D

    #31 11 months ago
  32. noamlol2

    -you sat on your ass for 10 minutes: achivement unlocked

    this is useless unless the 2% cashback on gamerscore still exist

    #32 11 months ago
  33. GwynbleiddiuM

    And here I was making a joke about it on the night of reveal!

    #33 11 months ago
  34. manamana

    Congratulations! 10% off next time you buy Mountain Dew! Thanks for watching the Advert! This is going to be massive.

    #34 11 months ago