Microsoft recently acquired R2 Studios, In a move that would further progress Microsoft’s agenda of moving into the living room. The start-up company specializes in home automation that ties into mobile devices. Incidentally, the studio will be folded into the Xbox division, leading many to speculate on the purpose of the studio.
According to the Wall Street Journal [via GI.biz], Apple and Google have been vying for R2 Studios, when Microsoft swooped in and quickly snatched up the company. The start-up has already padded its portfolio with several patents that allows mobile devices to adjust heating and lighting systems in smart homes.
According to GI.biz, Microsoft snatched up R2 enticed by the company’s patents. Interestingly, Microsoft has decided to roll the studio into the Xbox division, which could tie into the Xbox 720.
R2 Studios was founded by Blake Krikorian, founder of Slingbox before selling it off. He also sat on the board at Amazon before resigning recently.
In other news, EPIX, the premium content provider announced plans to launch its app on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The app will launch sometime during the first quarter of 2013 and will provide subscribers with more than 3,000 films and TV shows.
The EPIX app will be available to PlayStation®Network members in the United States as a free download from PlayStation®Store.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with Sony Computer Entertainment to offer subscribers a unique and unparalleled experience. This is another important step in our mission to provide the best content in every way consumers want it, creating better entertainment experiences using our premium content, and by working with technology partners and our distribution partners,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and President.
“Our core audience has demonstrated a tremendous appetite for streaming movies and TV shows through their PS3, and we’re excited to bring EPIX into the homes of millions of PS3 owners in the U.S. as well as to PlayStation fans on-the-go through their PS Vita,” said Phil Rosenberg, SVP, Strategic Business Development, SCEA.