Microsoft begins work on the Xbox 720

Darren Allan

March 8, 2011

There has long been speculation about when Microsoft is going to release the next-gen Xbox (and Sony the PS4).

But it seems that in the case of MS, the Xbox 720, as many have dubbed it, may actually be sketched out on a drawing board somewhere.

Yesterday, CVG spotted Microsoft job listings for a number of positions, including a Hardware Verification Engineer and a VLSI Graphics Architect to work on a potential Xbox 360 successor.

Here’s the description (on LinkedIn) for the Hardware Engineer: “Do you have a passion for leading edge technology? Are you fascinated by the video game industry and Xbox 360? Come join a dynamic engineering team and play a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms.”

“We are looking for an experienced Senior Hardware Design/Verification Engineer. You will be responsible for the design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels.”

Of course, this is just the start of the process, and the Xbox 720 could be a long way off yet.

Microsoft has treated the release of Kinect as more than a shot-in-the-arm for the current Xbox, and built the launch up almost as if it was a new console itself. It’s their hope that the motion controller will keep the X360 fresh for a few years yet, and we’d expect the next-gen consoles won’t be arriving for another three or maybe four years.

Kinect has certainly got off to a good enough start. It shifted 8 million units in its first three months, 3 million more than Microsoft’s target. That’s the numbers shipped to retailers, mind, although analysts estimate over 6 million of those have been sold on to consumers.


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