Last month it was spotted in a job listing that Microsoft was looking to hire individuals that would help with the integration of Skype into its Xbox gaming console. Given Microsoft’s acquisition of the VoIP company last year, we guess it wasn’t a complete surprise that they would be interested in integrating Skype across its services. So far nothing has been confirmed but thanks to a new job listing, it looks like Skype for Xbox is almost a certainty and it’s only a matter of when.
According to the job listing which calls for a Lead Program Manager, “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 a crucial initiative for Xbox, and it is time-critical given the hardware lead times involved.”
Some have speculated that due to the lack of specifics, i.e. the Xbox 360, it is unclear if Skype for Xbox integration would be for the Xbox 360 or if it will be intended for the next-gen Xbox, which so far based on the rumors has been codenamed “Durango”. It is possible that Skype for Xbox could be announced at E3, but until we can confirm that for ourselves, we suggest you not get your hopes up just yet and be sure to check back with us then for the details.