Microsoft employees reveal they’re working on next-generation Xbox

By Tom Warren, on 10th Oct 11 11:19 am with 34 Comments

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Several Microsoft workers have revealed they are working on the next Xbox console.

The employees mentioned their work on a number of resume pages on the LinkedIn social networking site. Gematsu reports that Microsoft employee and interactive creative director/designer Jeff Faulkner is acting as the “Xbox Nex Gen Creative Director,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Jonathan Harris is working as the “Senior Creative Director for Xbox,” currently assigned to “designing the next generation of entertainment.” Patrick Corrigan is “providing groundwork an integration for branding elements for next-gen Xbox on all forms of media. Ranging from print to UI across future releases of the Xbox platform.” The final employee is Joe Langevin, an “Xbox Hardware Intern at Microsoft,” who notes he is working on “high speed data buses to prevent electromagnetic interference in next-gen devices.”

Microsoft is known to be working on preparing a new Xbox console. The software giant has managed to keep the Xbox 360, released in November 2005, up-to-date through a number of software tweaks and hardware refreshes. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console dominated U.S. sales charts last year and continues to do well throughout 2011. Microsoft revealed at CES in January that the company has sold over 50 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide since launch. Microsoft also has 30 million active Xbox LIVE members and has sold 10 million Kinect sensors since the device debuted in November.

Microsoft’s Xbox Console Architecture team has also been hiring for a number of positions on the next-generation Xbox team. The job listings, revealed earlier this year, confirm that Microsoft was in the early stages of pre-production for the next-generation Xbox at the start of the year. Rumors suggest Microsoft may be planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox at E3, 2012. The company is reportedly working with Crytek for a TimeSplitters 4 release.

  • Stark

    Of course they are. X360 was released at the end of 2005.

  • Anonymous

    I do expect a new console next year, otherwise it’ll be a disappointment :(

    • Shadow 024

      I would expect an early offerings this e3, then the final console at e3 ’13 with release that fall.

  • Anonymous

    No way? I thought they would sit around and do nothing and cash in on the 2005 design forever. 

    • mackenziepricee

      +1.  Was about to post this.

    • J A

      Then that would be bad business, see how it panned out for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Symbian OSes with their respective publishers thinking they can cash in on them forever.

    • rsgx

      The sarcasm went right over your head.

    • Guest

      Pretty sure that was sarcasm. They’re saying it was obvious MS would come out with a new console at some point. The strategy so far has made sense. They’ve been selling well and the Entertainment unit has finally been able to show some profits after years of large losses. They’re still in the hole overall. So you can see why they’d prefer to hold off a new console until necessary. Frankly, the biggest competitive threat here in the future isn’t Nintendo or Sony, it’s Apple.

  • surilamin

    I don’t see a new Xbox until the Windows 9 timeframe.  Microsoft has stated publicly, as recently as last year that the Xbox was about halfway through its life cycle.  Obviously they are working on a new Xbox, but it is nowhere near finalized.

    • GP007

      No, there will be a new Xbox but this time the 360 isn’t going to be killed off like the original Xbox1 was once the 360 hit retail.  MS will do what Sony and Nintendo do and keep them around as long as they sell.  Hell the PS2 still sells a bit for sony, it’s super cheap.   MS could do one final 360 respin to make it even more smaller and cheaper.

      I expect the two systems to overlap each other for a good 2-3 years I bet.

    • Anonymous

      That is a good analysis and I agree.

  • Joshua Greene

    And this is exactly why I never bought into the newer 360 design.  I knew it wouldn’t be much longer until the next one.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think it was ever intended for people to actually replace their old xbox’s with the new ones.  They are intended to draw in new customers.

    • Andrew

      Yep – just refreshing the old design to reduce costs and keep interest up along with the KINECT. Its called commercial innovation – all big companies do it

  • Pedro Roque

    What I’d like to see:
    - DirectX 12
    - WinRT programming model
    - AMD based (CPU & GPU)
    - High Red Kinect.

    • yardmanflex

      - DirectX 12 – YES
      - WinRT programming model – Yes would be nice
      - AMD based (CPU & GPU) – NO would be game pirate wet dream
      - High Red Kinect.      – Yes Hi-Res is needed.

    • wq

      - AMD based (CPU & GPU) – NO would be game pirate wet dream
      Interesting, could you tell me why? Thanks.

    • GP007

      The GPU being from AMD makes sense since the current one is from ATi, thus AMD now.  But I don’t think they’ll switch CPU unless they totally want to drop backwords compatibility with current 360 games which, imo, would be a silly thing to do.

      Hell, the new Xbox should fully support current games but at the same time slap some more AA on them for example, to make them look a tad bit better as well.

    • Anonymous

      You are separating the CPU and GPU, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they came as one chip.  The AMD fusion chips are already impressive.  While they are not there yet in terms of graphics, they may be there in a year or two, when the next xbox would actually come out.  Unified CPU/GPU would not only keep thermals down, but it should also be cheaper to produce in the long term.

    • Anonymous

      I hope they don’t use unified CPU/GPU chip.. And I’m sure they won’t due to heat management issue.

    • Matthew Weihl

      DirectX 12 - Hasn’t even been announced yet – 11.1 is the DirectX version that is included in Windows 8.
      WinRT – maybe, why not?
      AMD based (CPU & GPU) – As far as I know, the CPU and GPU on the new Xbox 360 S system are on the same die. I’m betting they will go with PowerPC again.
      High Res Kinect – Yeah, this will probably happen.

  • Anonymous

    about time but i think it will only go to shelves by 2013

  • JAG

    XBOX 720 seen in Real Fight movie, didn’t you see?

    • J A

      I certainly saw that one.

    • Pyroguy20

      They had that in the movie just for publicity. I would hate if they had that name for the next gen console

  • Anonymous

    I wish they would add a coaxial in  connector. This way you can truly use it as a cablebox.

    • Anonymous

      it acts as a cable box for providers that use iptv. It uses Ethernet, not coaxial.

    • J A

      I am unsure what the next gen Xbox will bring but I am hoping a lot more entertainment and most of all, I hope it does bring forth complete cable TV and not the half-a** cable agreements they are hashing out with the likes of Verizon FiOS and Comcast where you still have to have those set top boxes as opposed to delivering everything via Xbox so you can ditch the cable provider set top boxes.
      If they do decide on coax connectors, then they still have to work with the likes of Verizon, Comcast, etc. But I doubt MS will go in that direction since they have an IPTV service that they can deliver from.

      What MS needs to do is to create there own cable TV line of packages in agreement directly with the cable networks themselves, forget Verizon, Comcast, etc since these companies still want to continue reaping rental fees for set top boxes and continue to hinder complete delivery to customer-owned devices such as Xbox. The only reason companies like comcast do TiVo boxes is because there is also a monthly fee associated with it that they profit from but because Xbox users wholly own their consoles, they do not find any value in it since they cannot charge a monthly fee for its rental.

  • Wourelia

    xBox 360s

  • Josh T.

    Maybe this will just be a bespoke set-top box for Windows 8? If it isn’t, I’m positive that it will at least use some of the stuff found in the OS.

  • aSpicyTaco

    Pre ordered.

  • MVIM

    These agreements with Comcast and Verizon are ridiculous. Our area is served by a regional provider who will likely never have an agreement to deliver content through the Xbox. I’d much rather be able to pay for a “platinum” level Xbox LIVE subscription and get access to basic cable and broadcast networks through my Internet connection. Otherwise all this entertainment-through-the-Xbox stuff is useless to me and many others who don’t have the ability to sign up with a major cable provider. Until then, I’ll stick to my Windows Media Center PC + Xbox as extender. It may not be what Microsoft wants, but it works. And it works anywhere you can get cable service or an over-the-air signal.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised Tom used a picture of a glossy xbox for this, since they’re only producting flat ones now =P

  • JayMad

    will wait for the new one. But i guess that will make me wait for the next one of the next one.

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