Upcoming Xbox refresh teased by jobs listings
Microsoft has seemingly outed plans for the next-generation Xbox console as jobs postings for the upcoming gaming device appear online via social job listing site Linkedin.
The three new positions, all of which are expressly said to relate to the Xbox console, are searching for a graphics hardware architect, a performance architect and a hardware verification engineer. Although offering an exciting prelude to an upcoming console release, the position titles suggest the next-gen Xbox is still only in the early stages of development.
Offering little information as to what the next-gen Xbox, or Xbox 720 as it has repeatedly been claimed to be called, will have in store for gamers. All but confirming a new Xbox is in the works, the three jobs listings say successful candidates will be working on “next generation consoles” and “future platforms.”
Having originally launched back in 2005, the Xbox 360 has remained a top seller in the console market, repeatedly topping bitter rival Sony and the PlayStation 3. With its life cycle seemingly coming to an end, Microsoft boosted sales of the 260 late last year with the global launch of Kinect, the Xbox compatible controller free motion gaming peripheral.
Searching for senior Xbox staff Microsoft has declared the graphics hardware architect must have “been the lead architect and/or implementation lead of a 3D graphics core.” Adding: “The candidate must have taken designs from investigation to end-customer shipment during their career.”
News of the next-gen Xbox plans come just a day after Nintendo was rumoured to be preparing the Wii 2 for launch as the second-generation Wii is touted as heading to a June unveiling at E3 with an inbuilt Blu-ray player, quad-core processor and a projector.