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Microsoft seeks OnLive veterans to craft "groundbreaking new services" for Xbox and Kinect

Next gen Xbox to have a cloud gaming focus?

Not content with banging the free-to-play drum, Microsoft is now looking to sign up former employees of troubled cloud gaming service OnLive, specifically in reference to Xbox and Kinect.

"We are eager to speak to individuals and teams affected by the OnLive transition," reads a recruitment posting over at EventBrite, as pasted by GamesIndustry.biz.

"With the stunning success of Xbox/Kinect and the accelerated growth of this business, we are looking to add key players who want to make a real impact in creating groundbreaking new products and services."

The next generation Xbox is expected to make some provision for cloud gaming, given the introduction of cloud data storage on Xbox 360 last year. Rumours that Microsoft would purchase OnLive arose following Sony's acquisition of rival firm Gaikai, but some industry figures claim Microsoft has its own internal cloud gaming solution in the works, and that PlayStation is thus "playing catch-up".

In what's likely to be related news, Microsoft-owned Rare is hiring for work on AAA free-to-play experiences. Do you want cloud gaming on Xbox? More to the point, can our broadband handle it?

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