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Microsoft Hiring For Next Xbox

by Ernice Gilbert on March 7th, 2011, under Hot, Microsoft, News, Xbox 720

Microsoft isn’t just contemplating development of its next Xbox console, the firm is already hiring.

According to job postings being advertised on LinkedIn, per Beyond3d forum, it would seem that the software giant wants to have a next generation Xbox that boasts top notch visual processing power.

The first position is for a Graphics Hardware Architect, who’ll be working with a team “responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation,” according to the listing.

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

The chosen candidate will be someone who has “a solid understanding of graphics hardware implementation, including design methodologies and production yield and cost analysis. The successful candidate is expected to have a working knowledge of how state-of-the-art PC and/or console OS, driver and application code is designed and how it interacts with graphics HW/firmware.”

The “ideal candidate” will have been the lead architect and/or implementation lead of a 3D graphics core. The candidate must have taken designs from investigation to end-customer shipment during their career.”

Microsoft said in November of last year that it was not working on a new console, but rather, with the success of Kinect, continue to bring new experiences to the console.

“We’ve no plans for another Xbox,” said McGill. . “You’ll continue to see us bring amazing new experiences to the console, without you having to buy a brand new console. A couple of years ago we didn’t have movies, Sky, Facebook and Twitter – now we’ve got things like Kinect.”

“We’ll continue to evolve those gaming and entertainment experiences through the power of software updates, rather than new chipsets and plastic.”

I’ve predicted that MS would be the first to launch a true next generation console, as Sony’s only now getting into its prime with PS3.

Anyway you put it, though, this is big news.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

6 Comments

  1. Mon, 7th Mar 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Whoa! I didn’t see that coming. But I’d say it’s time for a new Xbox. The 360 is losing steam and I’m sure Microsoft is tired of hearing Sony say things like “only possible on PS3″.

  2. Mon, 7th Mar 2011 at 11:07 pm

    here we go again, microsoft is trying to get ahead again. what im more interested in is what kind of media microsoft will use for this next console. physical or digital

  3. Mon, 7th Mar 2011 at 11:35 pm

    That’s a great question. I think both. I think they’ll do both, but with a greater emphasis on the digital as they stand to make more money there.. Eliminating the whole used games market. It’ll be interesting though.

  4. Tue, 8th Mar 2011 at 2:42 am

    companies are always looking for new people.
    doubt will see any new consoles till next E3 at the earliest, unless its ninty of course.
    if there going to compete they really need a new system!

  5. Tue, 8th Mar 2011 at 6:17 am

    I’m sure Sony has folks working on PS4 research as well. I think Nintendo might release first, however. But I’ve never considered the Wii next gen.

  6. Tue, 8th Mar 2011 at 10:33 am

    ninty need to be first, but i doubt they will be.
    they just seem so convinced they dont need a new system when the wiis sales are falling for the first time in history!
    either their just acting, or they are the blindest most arrogant people on the earth!
    i wont be surprised to see M$ release first again.
    sony cant afford that to happen, but there just breaking even with the ps3 and there in no situation to release a new console!
    id put my money on M$, only question is are they going to turn into ninty and be 100% casual with kinect?
    are they going to ignore their hardcore series and fans like halo and gears?
    because everytime i hear M$ talk about upcoming games its kinect this kinect that, they never say boo about proper hardcore games, the games who made them who they are, the games who got them where they are!
    M$ just does not seem to realize they turn their back on the core, and turn every 360 game into a kinect game there going to sink faster then the titanic!
    i just hope they realize that!

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