Microsoft sure doesn’t seem to be shy about letting their potential employees know what they’re up to. Another tidbit of information about Microsoft’s future plans has come out via a post in the Microsoft careers page, this time about the future of Xbox. According to the ad, the next generation of the hugely successful gaming console will be released sometime within the next eighteen months.
The job posting, which has since been pulled from the Microsoft site, but quoted by VideoGamer before it disappeared, read as follows:
“Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface.
This wave of product launches will define the course of the company for years to come and thus provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to refresh and evolve our strategic brands. The Microsoft brand strategy team is looking for passionate, creative, team oriented branding experts to help us lead this transformation.”
As we reported recently, devkits for the next-gen Xbox are already out there in the wild, in the hands of some major development partners of Microsoft. With software presumably in the works already from those devkit-owning studios, we could see a hardware launch well within the eighteen month window. The next generation of Nintendo console will be out in time for this year’s holiday season, and the new Xbox seems to be coming along, so Sony may end up being late to the party this generation.