Games console adaptor unit

  • US 9,814,988 B2
  • Filed: 10/24/2003
  • Issued: 11/14/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A games system comprisinga games console andan adaptor unit,wherein the games console comprises:

  • a console housing;

    a game interface within said console housing configured to receive a game product;

    a display interface within said console housing configured to interface said games console to a display;

    a user interface within said console housing configured to receive a user input;

    a game controller within said console housing configured to receive game data from said game interface to receive said user input from said user interface, and to generate therefrom game video data for output to said display interface;

    an adaptor interface within said console housing configured to couple the games console with said adaptor unit;

    a memory within the console housing configured to store software modules; and

    a console processor within the console housing configured to execute the software modules stored in the memory;

    wherein said adaptor unit comprises;

    an adaptor housing;

    a memory within the adaptor housing configured to store a video player software module;

    a video data receiver within said adaptor housing configured to receive encoded video data from a remote video provider;

    a games console interface within said adaptor housing configured to interface said adaptor unit to said adaptor interface of said games console;

    a communications controller within said adaptor housing configured to control communications between the adaptor unit and said games console via said games console interface and said adaptor interface; and

    a large capacity storage device configured to store at least one of the encoded video data, game video data, and game data;

    wherein the game controller is responsive to the user input from the user interface and configured to transmit game history data to the communications controller of the adaptor unit via the games console interface and the adaptor interface, wherein the communications controller is configured to store the game history data in the large capacity storage device;

    wherein the communications controller is configured to output the video player software module and the encoded video data to the games console;

    wherein the games console is configured to receive the video player software module from the adaptor unit, store the video player software module in the memory of the games console, use the console processor to execute the video player software module, receive the encoded video data from the adaptor unit, and use the video player software module to generate decoded video data from the received encoded video data for output to the display via the display interface.

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