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Microsoft working to add 3D features to upcoming Xbox

Zach Epstein
February 14th, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Microsoft is working to bring exciting new 3D features to future generations of it wildly popular Xbox gaming and media console. As the world waits for Microsoft to unveil its highly anticipated next-generation Xbox 720, rumors continue to swirl regarding what we might expect from the upcoming Microsoft console. We know it will be more powerful, it will support more impressive graphics and it may focus as much on other forms of home entertainment as it does on gaming. Microsoft has also teased us with the idea of integrated 3D capabilities, and a new job listing suggests the company is still hard at work to make enhanced 3D Xbox gaming a reality. Read on for more.

BGR has been alerted to a new job listing recently posted by Microsoft for a “Algorithm Research & Development Engineer for XBOX team” role in Haifa, Israel. Working with Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business unit, the Algorithm Research & Development Engineer will be responsible for a number of duties, including “algorithm design and implementation into state of the art 3D imaging systems working in an integrated HW and SW leading team, working closely with peers in Redmond, and being part of a fast moving and growing development team.”

The listing avoids going into specifics, of course, but the job description makes it clear that Microsoft is taking 3D seriously. 3D gaming is growing in popularity thanks to the advent of more capable 3D HDTVs, but the video game industry has not even begun to scratch the surface when it comes to optimizing content for 3D.

Microsoft could unveil its next-generation Xbox console later this year at the annual E3 trade show, though it is not expected to launch until some time in 2013. It is unclear if Microsoft intends to introduce new 3D features alongside the release of the new console or if 3D features will be rolled out at a later point in time.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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