Microsoft recruiting for next-gen Xbox

By on March 8, 2011

Positions sought by Microsoft suggests the Xbox division is spear heading a new console.

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First Impressions
My reaction is

Oh, great, now we can finally call the this generation of consoles ‘current-generation’, instead of ‘next-gen’ which was getting annoying.

If the next Xbox looks anything like this, count me out.

Microsoft has put up jobs on LinkedIN that but suggests the company is gearing up for a new Xbox console.

One of the position sought is of a graphics hardware architect who will be “responsible for defining and delivering next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation”.

“The responsibilities include architecture analysis, key technology selection, architecture specification, communication and collaboration with extended Microsoft teams and partner companies”.

A senior architect and performance engineer are also required who will be “involved in product definition from evaluation all the way through high volume manufacturing”.

“The main focus of this position is on performance evaluation and modelling. However, involvement in all aspects of product development regularly occurs. We are looking for someone who is flexible, and wants to be involved with various stages of the product life cycle. During different stages of the product life cycle responsibilities will vary.”

And finally, a position for senior hardware design verification engineer (probably the dude who will test and approve hardware, so that Microsoft does not repeat its RROD fiasco) is also up for grabs. His responsibilities include ” design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels”, to “lead test strategy discussions, develop test methodologies and plans and project-manage qualification cycles.” Out of all the hundreds of employees working on this console this guy better do his job right.

So, it seems the new generation of consoles are starting to show their heads. Xbox 360 was released a good six years ago, and though games still manage to look good, the hardware is extremely limiting to what higher-end graphics card like the GTX580 can do today. We say, bring them on already!


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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