Xbox Next Gen: Microsoft Starting Work on Xbox 720?

Microsoft Corporation (Public, NASDAQ:MSFT) may be working on the next generation of the Xbox, as some Linkedin classified ads have popped up looking to hire some hardware engineers.

One ad states:

The Xbox Console Architecture team is hiring for a Graphics hardware architect position.

The team is 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. 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…

Another ad:

Senior Architect and Performance Engineer in XBOX Console Architecture Group.

Our group is involved in product definition from early evaluation all the way through high volume manufacturing. The main focus of this position is on performance evaluation and modeling. However, involvement in all aspects of product development regularly occurs. We are looking for someone who is flexible, and wants to be involved with various stages of the product life cycle. During different stages of the product life cycle responsibilities will vary.

It makes sense that Microsoft would begin their planning for the Xbox 720 now, since the first ad basically states that it’s in conceptual stage, but it’s still exciting to hear. Sources at Sony had stated that the PlayStation 4 had been put on the back burner to focus on the NGP.

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