Microsoft has acquired R2 Studios according to the Wall Street Journal , who say Microsoft closed the deal ahead of Apple and Google.

No price of the deal was revealed, but R2 Studios had been working on different ways to distribute and display content on televisions, a focus that lines up nicely with Microsoft’s ambitions to make the Xbox the center of the living room.

Now here comes the interesting bit; Microsoft acquired several patents about controlling electrical devices. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to use Xbox SmartGlass to put the kettle on or even turn off the lights.

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