Microsoft hiring staff for next-generation Xbox

By Tom Warren, on 8th Mar 11 9:19 am with 9 Comments

Microsoft has posted several job postings to hire staff for the next-generation Xbox.

The roles were posted to social networking site Linkedin recently. One listing, by the Xbox Console Architecture team, hints that the company is looking for a graphics hardware architect. “The team is responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation,” states the listing.

The second role is for a performance architect. “Our group is involved in product definition from early evaluation all the way through high volume manufacturing,” says Microsoft. “The main focus of this position is on performance evaluation and modeling.”

The final position is for a hardware verification engineer. “Come join a dynamic engineering team and play a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms,” says Microsoft. “We are looking for an experienced Senior Hardware Design/Verification Engineer. You will be responsible for the design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels.”

Eurogamer notes that the roles don’t hint at any aspects of the future console. However, Microsoft appears to have confirmed that they are in the early stages of pre-production for the next-generation Xbox. Microsoft is so early on in the development stages that the graphics hardware hasn’t been fully decided and tested. Previous speculation had suggested that Microsoft was further on in the development stages for its next-generation console.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console dominated U.S. charts in 2010. 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 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market. Microsoft is planning to introduce Hulu Plus for U.S. Xbox LIVE subscribers in Spring this year. The software giant will also push out a Spring dashboard update that will include support for the recently announced Avatar Kinect. Microsoft also has the massive Gears of War 3 title on the horizon for 2011 which is likely to set sales records.

  • Adam Shaw

    cant wait for the next nextBox:)

  • GP007

    I’m not in any big rush since I got the redesigned 360S when it came out. I hope we don’t get it till 2013 personally.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I damn right hope Graphics can compete with PC here… because that should be the main focus for all consoles.

    • Anonymous

      Gawd I hope this is sarcasm…

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Nope,

  • Jackberger

    If anyone of Microsoft reads this or if anyone can tell them, please make the new console noiseless. The current noise level takes all the fun away. Thanks.

    • GP007

      The new 360S makes little to no noise tbh, even when playing from DVD. If you go right to hdd then it’s pretty damn quiet.

    • Jackberger

      Many thanks for pointing out!

  • Anonymous

    I just hope the clean up the GUI. So much has been added over the years it is now a mess. I would also like to see a TV tuner and DVR added.