Xbox 720 to support Skype

The Xbox 720, Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, will support Skype, a job advertisement at the company has revealed.

The Xbox 720, Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, will support Skype, a job advertisement at the company has revealed.

 
Microsoft is looking for a UI designer and prototyper to work at its Skype division in London for the “next gen Xbox,” with responsibility to “help design an integrated Skype platform that’s pervasive within the Xbox console and ecosystem.”
 
The job requires previous experience with Flash, HTML, and CSS, as well as previous work across multiple devices, including desktop, mobile, tablet, TV and consoles, while in-depth knowledge of the Xbox and other entertainment platforms is desirable. The applicant will report to the Head of Design for Xbox & Consumer Electronics and will work with the Xbox team in Redmond, Washington.
 
 Xbox 720 to support Skype
 
“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 advert reads. “Naturally there’s a healthy overlap with other teams with the design organization which makes the job all the more exciting. As well as being useful and universal, we want the experience to be wonderful; look beautiful and work beautifully.”
 
Microsoft acquired Skype last year for $8.5 billion, one of its largest purchases to date. It has been attempting to put the product to good use by making it an integral feature of its new software, building it directly into Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and now extending that integration to the next Xbox.
 
Exactly how Skype will operate on the Xbox 720 remains to be seen, but if it is coded to work beyond merely being the same old software on a console, perhaps working with the Kinect for an added interactive experience, then it could prove to be a major selling-point for the new gaming system.
 
Source: CVG