Microsoft Forms Super-Secret Xbox Team That Aims To “Push The Envelope”

Posted: January 5, 2015 in Game Articles

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by Eddie Makuch

Microsoft’s Xbox division is going through changes. In the past two weeks alone, Xbox One designer Boyd Multerer quit the company, while more recently it was revealed that Xbox Avatars are getting a major overhaul. Now the next piece of change has emerged. A job listing spotted by NeoGAF reveals that Microsoft has formed a team that will work in secret on new projects that “push the envelope.”

“A new team has formed in Microsoft’s Xbox division with a specific purpose: to push the envelope of today’s and tomorrow’s technology as we explore new ideas from the ground floor,” reads a line from the description. “It begins with veterans from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Kinect. But we’re growing as quickly as our imaginations can be translated into code.”

Microsoft cautions applicants that the unit will work in secret, and that “joining this team comes with risks.”

“Most of what we work on is top-secret; you may not know what your new project is until you’ve accepted an offer,” Microsoft says. “Not all of our ideas will fly. We will fail, and fail fast, on some projects. We will celebrate those failures because they are vital to making sure the right ideas take off in a big way.”

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Microsoft goes on to say that people who want a “comfortable” job should not apply.

So what is the super-secret Xbox team going to be working on? According to the job ad, it will have something to do with a future iteration of Kinect.

“If you’re passionate about the potential for Kinect to continue to revolutionize entertainment and are a seasoned software engineer with the skills to prototype and build the future of premium Kinect-powered experiences, we have a growing team of talented people who want to take entertainment into the future,” Microsoft said.

We’ve contacted Microsoft for further details about the new Xbox team at Microsoft. We’ll have those details for you as soon as they become available.

It’s possible the new Xbox team at Microsoft is related to the company’s long-rumored virtual reality or augmented reality projects. Microsoft’s Xbox VR headset is reportedly already well into development, however, with an official reveal supposedly scheduled for E3 2015.

What are you hoping to see come out of Microsoft’s new Xbox team? Let us know in the comments below!

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