Microsoft hasn’t officially announced details of the next generation Xbox console, nor any confirmations of its name which could be anything from Xbox 8, Xbox Infinity, Xbox 720 or totally something completely random, but this site would be a bit screwed if they didn’t at least call it an Xbox. What they have done, is confirm via a job posting for a Lead Program Manager is that Skype will power the next-gen console in-game voice chat features.
Quoted by the Job Vacancy on Microsoft Careers Website:
“Skype is working on powering real-time voice and video communications on the Xbox. Xbox is a fundamental lynchpin of Skype’s living-room strategy, and we are focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox. This is a crucial initiative for Xbox, and it is time-critical given the hardware lead times involved.
The Skype for Xbox Program Manager Lead will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Skype experience on Xbox, and will be directly accountable for its market performance. She or he will be responsible to see this new product from concept through launch, monitor its performance and recommend enhancements as necessary.”
The successful candidate chosen to implement Skype into the next-gen Xbox console will lead a small team of London-based program managers to define Skype for a next-gen Xbox and deliver it to market on an aggressive schedule as well as travel frequently to Redmond, to interface with the Xbox PM, design and and engineering teams.
When Microsoft officially announce all the specs for the next-gen Xbox, we’ll keep you updated.