First Signs of a Potential Xbox 360 Successor Surface

A curious posting went up on LinkedIn for some positions at Microsoft that focus on what looks to be a new console.  Is it already time for the next-next-gen console wars to begin?  Now this is all speculation, but the job postings do hint at positions that seem to center around console development.  They could just be for the current Xbox 360 console, but I think it’d be hard to cram in some 3D hardware to an existing platform, which is one of the desired skills for the hardware architect posting on Microsoft’s LinkedIn page.  To see the full list of positions take a gander below.  Are you ready for a new console yet?  You’ve been hoping that they don’t call this thing the 720…

New Job Listings at the Xbox Division

(Truncated descriptions courtesy of G4)

  • 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 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”

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