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Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:32

Microsoft reportedly working on next console

Written by David Stellmack
microsoft

New positions seems to tell the story
Microsoft has not said anything publicly yet about their real plan for a new next generation console beyond the Xbox 360, but recent job recruiting and postings seem to suggest that Microsoft is starting to get its ducks in a row (so to speak) to move forward with the development of the successor to the Xbox 360.

Microsoft is apparently looking for people, based on the following job postings: graphics hardware architect, senior architect, performance engineer, and senior hardware design verification engineer. After examining these job descriptions, it is obvious that they are looking at Xbox console architecture going forward.

While there have been a number of theories about when Microsoft might move forward with their next offering beyond the Xbox 360, it does take a lot of time to design, qualify and get the hardware built. The bigger thing, however, is defining the specifications of the new system so that developers can get started on software for the new system.

Sources tell us that they don’t expect anything sooner than perhaps 2013 or maybe 2014, as Microsoft seems to still have a lot of life left in the current Xbox 360, but developers are very close now to consistently pushing the console to the limit; and when that becomes the standard of the titles being released it is time to start thinking about a new console, according to some sources we spoke with.

As usual, Microsoft has no comment on who they hire or what they might be hiring for and what projects the company may or may not be currently working on.


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+19 #1 Dumachi 2011-03-08 10:59
About time th Xbox 360 is srsly outdated, we need DX11 on consoles.
 
 
+15 #2 Jaberwocky 2011-03-08 11:25
, it does take a lot of time to design, qualify and get the hardware built.

Not exactly rocket science.Buy a processor,buy a graphics chip (limited of course to HD1920x1080).get someone to design a case and a motherboard.slap it together with a hard drive and a blue ray drive and hey presto...one console. :o

I say blue ray drive because with the level of complexity going forward in games your gonna need 3 or 4 disks for each game if you stick with a dvd format. :eek:
 
 
-6 #3 STRESS 2011-03-08 13:45
Quoting Jaberwocky:
,
Not exactly rocket science.Buy a processor,buy a graphics chip (limited of course to HD1920x1080).get someone to design a case and a motherboard.slap it together with a hard drive and a blue ray drive and hey presto...one console. :o


Yeah if you do that you will end up like the original Xbox which was close to a fail!
 
 
+13 #4 Jaberwocky 2011-03-08 14:03
Quoting STRESS:
Quoting Jaberwocky:
,
Not exactly rocket science.Buy a processor,buy a graphics chip (limited of course to HD1920x1080).get someone to design a case and a motherboard.slap it together with a hard drive and a blue ray drive and hey presto...one console. :o


Yeah if you do that you will end up like the original Xbox which was close to a fail!


not exactly

chip = sandybridge I2500 and overclock the hell out of it
graphics = gtx 580 and overclock the hell out of it.

powerbrick the size of the console for the juice :lol:

Console the size of a coolermaster case with fans. :D

it could even run windows 7.....

ah... hang on a minute...that sounds familier :lol:
 
 
+5 #5 cheku 2011-03-08 15:53
Quote:
developers very close to pushing the console to the limit

Joke of the Day

Every good engine has surpassed them...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-sUhClXK-0
 
 
0 #6 Haberlandt 2011-03-08 19:16
Quoting Dumachi:
About time th Xbox 360 is srsly outdated, we need DX11 on consoles.
I'm not so sure about dx11, but at least dx10. Has anyone played Just Cause 2? That game uses dx10 and looks simply amazing.
 
 
+3 #7 jaster 2011-03-08 21:43
I think that this console will have directx 12 on it, because it will be released in 2013, and PC gamers would be lucky if two or three "directx 10" fps games come out by then :cry: :cry: :cry: .
 
 
+3 #8 Dumachi 2011-03-09 00:15
Quite possible or direct x 11.1
 
 
0 #9 Harry Lloyd 2011-03-09 11:21
Quoting Jaberwocky:
I say blue ray drive because with the level of complexity going forward in games your gonna need 3 or 4 disks for each game if you stick with a dvd format.

Blu-ray seems unlikely, after all it's Sony technology.

But they should use their own HD DVD, it's dead, so it'd be perfect for a gaming medium, it'd significantly reduce piracy, and it offers a lot of space.
 
 
+1 #10 thomasg 2011-03-09 22:35
Quoting Harry Lloyd:
Quoting Jaberwocky:
I say blue ray drive because with the level of complexity going forward in games your gonna need 3 or 4 disks for each game if you stick with a dvd format.

Blu-ray seems unlikely, after all it's Sony technology.

But they should use their own HD DVD, it's dead, so it'd be perfect for a gaming medium, it'd significantly reduce piracy, and it offers a lot of space.

HD DVD was Toshiba's baby. They'd still have to pay for the license, but at least it wouldn't be to their archenemy.
 

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