Looks like Microsoft is adding to its marketing department ahead of an important year and a half.
Microsoft has kept pretty quiet about its Xbox 720 plans. And by that we mean the company has so far refused to acknowledge the console's existence. In fact, the company has, in the past, pointed to the two-year-old Kinect when asked about the life-cycle of the Xbox 360. Still, a lack of confirmation from Microsoft hasn't stopped the gaming industry from talking about it and a recent job posting from Microsoft likely won't help, either.
VideoGamer points to a job posting that appeared on Microsoft's Careers website overnight and seems to suggest the new Xbox is launching in 2013. Seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications, the posting starts by detailing Microsoft's plans to release "new versions of all of [its] most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface" over the next 18 months. Microsoft added that this 'wave of product launches' will define the course of the company "for years to come."
Microsoft has already played off one mention of 'the new Xbox' as a reference to the company's plans to release new Xbox software later this year. However, this mention seems a little more cut and dry, and therefore harder to deny. Indeed, Redmond told the Verge that it's "continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will."
The latest rumors have Microsoft announcing the Xbox 720 at E3 2013, with release pegged for late 2013 or early 2014.