This generation, like others before it, will eventually disappear into obscurity, only to be replaced with a new era of shiny hardware designed to slowly but surely obliterate your bank account. Some might be of the opinion that there’s still a lot of life left in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but others are all too keen to move onto something new and more powerful.

In the last few days, numerous developers have posted job openings for positions in teams working on games for “next generation” or “future generation” hardware. Those developers include Bethesda Game Studios (The Elder of Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3) and Ready at Dawn (PSP titles God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta) – both explicitly requested for people to join teams working on unannounced titles for next gen hardware.

Lionhead, however, has been somewhat more surreptitious in job advertising, as their position calls for a person with experience in DirectX 11. This might mean that they’re simply developing a PC game, but it’s been rumoured that the next generation of consoles will run off DX 11 API.

All of this increases speculation that an announcement regarding the next generation of hardware is imminent at this year’s E3. This despite Sony emphasising yet again that they had nothing to reveal in the coming months.

Sources: Eurogamer Article One and Article Two; Joystiq

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