Posted by Raine Hutchens on Mar 8, 2011

Is The Next Xbox 360 On Its Way?

On a professional social-networking site called Linkedin.com, there were some job postings that hint towards Microsoft putting people to work on the next generation Xbox 360.

Here’s a look at what the ads posted:

  • Graphics Hardware Architect – “The responsibilities include architecture analysis, key technology selection, architecture specification, communication and collaboration with extended Microsoft teams and partner companies. The ideal candidate should have a broad background in 3D graphics rendering architectures and algorithms (ideally with gaming applications in mind), 3D software pipelines, and physics. The candidate should also have 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.”

  • Senior Architect and Performance Engineer – “Initial Responsibilities – Development of system C models for performance and design verification – Pre-silicon performance and functional validation at the block, chip and system level – Algorithm mapping to verify performance for specified workloads.”
  • Senior Hardware Verification Engineer – “Do you have a passion for leading edge technology? Are you fascinated by the video game industry and Xbox 360? Come join a dynamic engineering team and play a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms. 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. You will lead test strategy discussions, develop test methodologies & plans and project-manage qualification cycles”

At such an early stage in this certain situation, nothing can really be said for sure. Right now we’re looking at possibly a rumor at best, but it does spur some curiosity. Do you think this could lead to the next Xbox 360, or something better?


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