By Jared Newman | Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Eventually, there will be new video game systems, but in the midst of an unusually long product cycle, Microsoft has avoided leaving any clues.
That changed with a few job ads, posted on LinkedIn by Microsoft. The company is seeking engineers and a graphics hardware architect for “next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation.” In other words, Microsoft is starting to work on the Xbox 720 — or whatever it may be called.
As for the other console makers, Sony has said that it’s not even thinking about next-generation game consoles. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said the company doesn’t necessarily have to release a Wii successor this year, despite some very old rumors to the contrary.
Microsoft, of course, isn’t commenting, and the job posting is no epic reveal. It’s not even surprising given that Microsoft is in the business of making video game consoles. But it marks the beginning of what will surely be a trail of rumors and speculation, and it should be fun to watch.