Next Xbox to include 300 000 player MMO?

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Now it’s no big secret that Microsoft is planning to release a new console in the coming years to replace the Xbox 360, however a job posting I spotted today gives us a little insight into what Microsoft are planning for the future.

In the posting they are looking for a backend server engineer to help them work with selected partners to ship a great first party lineup with the next Xbox.

However they go on further and state

“Join the server-backed games team, part of the Xbox LIVE team that’s responsible for creating games and entertainment for mainstream audiences to enjoy on Xbox and Xbox LIVE”

Which makes me instantly think that Microsoft are going to be making a strong push for the casual gaming market in the next iteration of their console, a feeling which is backed up when they also state

” building a backend capable of hosting a 300,000 player game in real-time with real money on the line”

Now there is no current gen game that is anywhere close to hosting 300 000 players at one time and the fact that they are talking about real money makes me think that they are planning for the next Xbox to host an immersive MMO title with gambling options. What other type of game allows for up to 300 000 players to be online at one time?

So if you are interested in working in the gaming industry but can only currently code in C#, ASP.NET and web service then click here.

Else let us know what you think of the idea of the dashboard becoming a fully immersive MMO experience?

Last Updated: May 27, 2009

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