Job listing by Microsoft seems to focus on the Xbox Kinect
Microsoft have recently posted a new job listing for a Senior Software Engineer that seems to focus on the Xbox Kinect.
Microsoft Kinect hasn’t fared so well in the past year. The peripheral originally came bundled with the Xbox One but quickly became an afterthought around mid-2014 with Microsoft now releasing the console without the Kinect feature for a reduced priced.
Many games have not used the feature since Fantasia: Music Evolved and Just Dance 2015, which were the few titles that relied the Kinect peripheral. Microsoft eventually made the decision to open up the seventh core of the Xbox One console for game developers and limiting the Kinect’s usage. So many believed Microsoft was slowly killing off the Kinect peripheral.
But that doesnt seem to be the case and it appears that Microsoft has not given up on the Kinect just yet. They have recently posted a new job listing for a Senior Software Engineer that seems to focus on the Kinect. Here is the job description:
“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. 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.
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. 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.
If you want a comfortable, standard-role job at Microsoft with no ambiguity or risk, please don’t apply. But 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.”
So Microsoft still has some huge plans for the Kinect. The feature does have a lot of potential so hopefully we will see more from the Kinect this year.