Microsoft has begun putting out job posting for many new positions required for the development for a new console, and they aren’t even being sneaky about it.
All of these position requests can be seen in full here, here and here. If you don’t like reading boring corporate stuff, the only thing you really need to know is that Microsoft appears to have just started development on a new console. The postings talk about needing workers that are able to stay with hardware development from the concept stages all the way to production and beyond. This implies that they haven’t gotten all that far on the concept of the new Xbox and an actual release of the new console would be far in the future.
Knowing that, it’s likely that this console cycle could actually get to a full ten year lifespan before the next one is released, which is something Microsoft and Sony have talked about shooting for in the past.
Well, readers, time to get your applications in to Microsoft and make sure to get hired so that you can leak me information about the new console from the inside. You can trust me. It’s not like I’m a game journalist or anything, right?