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Bethesda Hints at Next-Gen Consoles Supporting DirectX 11

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Posted on May 3, 2012 AT 08:01am

Bethesda is still on the lookout for staff to help work on next-generation consoles, but their latest job listing has dropped a hint that these consoles may be more like PCs then previous generations.

“Bethesda Game Studios is looking for experienced programmers to work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles,” reads the advert. Nothing out of the ordinary here, we already knew it is working on a next-generation title.

The interesting part comes in the applicant requirements section. Candidates will require, ”extensive experience programming and optimizing for the Xbox 360 and PS3,” and experience with DirectX11 is also a plus. This Microsoft program allows current PC video cards to display the best looking graphics possible with many games including Max Payne 3 and Crysis 3 taking advantage of it on PC.

Many previous next-gen rumors have claimed that the consoles will go with PC style set-ups, and this job listing seems to confirm that theory. The upgrade to DirectX 11 will certainly allow the next-generation to have superior graphics capabilities over anything the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can produce. However, will it be enough to keep the PC at bay? With how quickly technology is progressing platform holders biggest fear is becoming obsolete. We feel this may be an inevitability.

Can the next-generation of consoles beat back the PC? Leave your thoughts below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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