Microsoft Hiring Staff to Work on ‘Next-Gen Console Architectures’

The Xbox 360 is five years old already, which means it’s overdue for an upgrade. But if you were wondering when Microsoft was going start work on the Xbox 1080 or whatever is next in line, here’s your answer: now. Maybe.

Games Industry has a report saying that Microsoft has started looking for staffers to help with “next-gen console architectures.” The postings are appearing on LinkedIn, according to the report, and are seeking people for the positions of graphics hardware architect, senior architect and performance engineer for the Xbox Console Architecture Group, and a senior hardware design verification engineer. That one will be ”responsible for the design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels.”

Okay, so, we don’t know anything for sure. It sounds like that could be a new console, but Microsoft recently rolled out the Xbox 360 Slim, and these hires could be used for that or something else. Probably it’s Xbox 360-related, but we don’t know for sure as yet. Heck, though, if you want a job at Microsoft and you do console-y architecural-y type things, there’s your in.

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1 Comment on Microsoft Hiring Staff to Work on ‘Next-Gen Console Architectures’

Steve

On March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

This article also implies (with much reach) that MS would be designing the (core) hardware architecture itself, which has not been the case in the past.

Realistically, hardware design (for a consoles) could mean anything ranging from perhipherals to ASICs. The latter being more conversationally enticing.

Alas, if only I had my CE degree finished…