Microsoft has posted a number of job listings on LinkedIn, sparking speculation that the company is already well under way with the development of the successor to the Xbox 360.
The next-gen Xbox job listingson Linkedin include a 'hardware verification engineer', a 'VLSI graphics architect' and a 'VLSI performance architect' for work on what could well turn out to be the next Xbox console, whatever that machine ends up being called.
Dynamic Xbox engineering
"Come join a dynamic engineering team and play a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms," reads the engineer listing.
Elsewhere, if you fancy yourself as a graphics architect, Microsoft notes: "The Xbox Console Architecture team is hiring for a Graphics hardware architect position. The team is responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation."
The original Xbox 360 launched back at the tail-end of 2005, with many industry analyst suggesting that a new Xbox console is sure to be announced by Microsoft at some point soon.
However, these job listings suggest that it is early days. So don't hold your breath for an Xbox 720 announcement at E3 2011 this coming June!