Well, if you had a billion dollar to spend and you’re into Gaming, why not develop a game console? Google might do just that and develop a gaming-TV console to challenge Microsoft.
Microsoft is attacking Google Search with Bing. Bing is the success story 2010 / 2011 with enormous growth rates. Looks like Google can’t do much more than release the Google Panda update and try to challenge Microsoft in other niches: Gaming.
Google Hiring For Gaming Console Engineer
The role: Game Console Software Engineer, YouTube
As part of our team you’ll be working as a Software Engineer developing the next generation game console. You will have an opportunity to try novel and unconventional ideas and launch frequent experiments to the YouTube user base. You will have a chance to get immediate feedback on user interface, human interaction design, and interest. You will be working with a variety of languages during the development process.
- Build the next generation game-console-based TV experience with You Tube video content.
- Deliver a compelling lean back experience with monetization and e-commerce offerings (ie, pay-per-stream, ads).
- Integrate and optimize with distribution channels and devices including all major game platforms.
- Develop leading edge User Interfaces and delight users with innovative media rich solutions.
- BS in Computer Science preferred (Master’s a plus)
- At least 3 years of professional video game programming experience
- Experience with engine development on at least one major platform
- Deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii
- Credited on at least 1 published video game in a programmer role
Entertainment Device Or Real Game Console?
Ok, now this looks more like a TV “leanback” entertainment device with a few mini-games here and there rather than a full-blown HD game console, doesn’t it? But think about it, would you want your competition to know that you are developing a game console and possibly release it BEFORE the XBOX 720 or PS4 comes out?
Deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii is required if you want to develop the next-generation Google gaming console.
It’s also interesting to note that they are looking for a software engineer for their TV-gaming console. Makes me wonder who they partner up with to develop the hardware?
Anyway, this looks pretty interesting. I wouldn’t mind another game console on the market. More competition is always good for consumers.
What do you think? Does the world need yet another gaming console? I already find the Google TV quite fascinating.