Job posting sheds light on Microsoft plan

New Xbox console in development

Microsoft is at the very early stages in building the successor to the Xbox 360, new data shows.

The platform owner has advertised new job vacancies such as Graphics Hardware Architect and Performance Engineer for the Xbox Console Architecture Group.

Microsoft’s new hires will be “responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation,” the company said.

The language of the job vacancies suggests a reveal for the console is years away – possibly set for retail in 2013 and revealed at E3 2012.

The original Xbox was built in 24 months. The successor, the Xbox 360, was built in around the same time.

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