Xbox could pay you to watch adverts
Microsoft have filed a patent which could reward users for watching advertisements. The patent is called the 'Awards and Achievements Across TV Ecosystem' and it could well be tied in with the new Xbox.
The details released about the Xbox One mentioned the console's use for TV, along with the new Kinect system.
The patent stated: "Traditional television viewing experiences tend to be passive and do not frequently provide opportunities for a viewer to engage with the programming."
It added that the "proliferation of digital video recording devices" makes it difficult for advertisers to "introduce their advertisements to viewers." By monitoring the viewing habits of viewers, this new system could "encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content" by offering "awards and achievements."
Of course, using the word "achievements" suggests that Microsoft won't be doling cash out, but rather perhaps, in-game unlockable content, free gamer trophies or rewards like "coupons for an advertised product or service, or an actual product."
What do you make of that? Direct rewards for watching adverts? Does that seem like a fair trade?