It may feel like an eternity ago, but around May last year, thisisxbox reported on a Microsoft Skype job posting that hinted quite openly about Skype being integrated into Xbox LIVE for both voice and video chat features.
To quote what was mentioned: “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 quite an open statement that Skype is and will power the next generation of Xbox, but without Microsoft officially confirming the features of the next-gen Xbox it’s still a rumour!
This rumour has been confirmed (again) by a source close to the Skype project for next-gen Xbox who quoted the following for CVG:
“Microsoft will be consolidating all their communications technology” around the Skype platform. This means that Skype will become the default chat service on the next generation Xbox console as well as on PC and tablets, the person said. “You might jump to the conclusion that we’ll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live”.
So – for the umpteenth time, when Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 Billion, they plan to use it on powering the social features of the next generation Xbox. The job posting said it, the source close to the project has said it – all we need now it Microsoft and the Xbox Team to unveil it.
When that happens, we’ll keep you posted.