'Next gen Xbox' to support Skype - Microsoft job ad

Platform holder just can't stop advertising its new console

A Microsoft job ad has seemingly revealed that Xbox 720 will support Skype.


The company is seeking a 'UI Designer & Prototyper -Xbox' to work at its UK-based Skype division on projects related to the "next gen Xbox".

"The team you'll join is responsible for Skype in the living room (broadly the home), across various devices but with a focus on the large screen and the next generation of Xbox," the job ad reads.

Among the successful candidate's responsibilities, it goes on to list: "Working with the Xbox team directly in Redmond, USA. (both current Xbox and next gen)"

We'd ask Microsoft for comment, but it would only allege that the phrasing in the job ad was 'not understood in its intended context', as it did earlier this week when an executive at the company mentioned a fresh wave of products coming out including the "new Xbox".

Also earlier this week, a job vacancy for a senior role at Microsoft's entertainment division suggested that the next gen Xbox will be released before 2014.

The advert, seeking a Central Marketing Group director, claims that "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".

Microsoft acquired VOIP service Skype in May 2011 at reported cost of £5 billion. It said at the time: "Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities."