Two recent job postings on the Microsoft Career website may have revealed a bit more about the future of the company’s flagship gaming console than intended, as the internet has already begun speculating as to the kind of technology that could go into a new model of Xbox.
According to the first listing, a new hire will need to meet the qualifications for a senior electrical engineer to serve as a DRAM memory lead on Xbox projects, working with “existing and leading-edge memory technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects.” This seems to indicate that Microsoft is at least looking forward enough to plan for who they’ll need when a new Xbox eventually does make its way to the design floor.
Those applying for the job will need to be familiar with DDR3, GDDR5, and GDDR6, powerful graphics processing assets that are currently used in several of the current generation consoles. Additionally, the posting says that whoever they hire should be able to work with any future DRAM technologies released.
The second listing for another senior electrical engineer provided even more clues to what the company might be cooking up for the next generation of gaming, requesting the services of a storage architect for Xbox projects. The listing hopes to find someone with experience in hard drives, solid state drives, as well as flash-based storage, potentially indicating the new Xbox models could use flash-based memory in their design.
Declaring this to mean that a wholly new console is in the works may be premature, however, as there are still many unknowns to account for in this situation. While this could very well be the case, it may simply be a further evolution of Microsoft’s current gen console, the Xbox One. With the release of both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, the company could be looking into further improvements on their existing technology, giving consumers a wider variety of choice in their consoles and increasing the kinds of games and other media that can be played on the systems.
In the end, nothing short of a leak or official confirmation will reveal what Microsoft is up to right now. Whatever it is, though, it likely means Sony will have some tough competition in the near future.