If a set of job postings on Microsoft’s website and LinkedIn are any indication, Microsoft is currently in the processing of getting development underway for the next iteration of the Xbox. Microsoft is looking to fill three roles at the company: Graphics Hardware Architect, Senior Architect and Performance Engineer and Senior Hardware Design Verification Engineer.
As the first job posting on LinkedIn reads, the Graphics Hardware Architect will be "responsible for defining and delivering next-generation console architectures from conception through implementation.”
"The responsibilities include architecture analysis, key technology selection, architecture specification, communication and collaboration with extended Microsoft teams and partner companies," says the LinkedIn ad.
“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.”
The second position, Senior Architect and Performance Engineer, will be part of a team “involved in product definition from early evaluation all the way through high volume manufacturing.” This position’s main focus will be on “performance evaluation and modeling.”
Finally — and this is where all signs point to “yes” in regards to a future Xbox being on the way — the Senior Hardware Design Verification Engineer will be joining “a dynamic engineering team and play a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms,” states the job posting.
This third position will “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.”
So, is the Xbox 720 (or whatever it winds up being called) on the way? We’re going to venture a guess and say yes, it very much is.