MS is Hiring developers for the Next Xbox

Microsoft is beginning to look for some engineers to work on the next Xbox. There are currently three positions listed on the website linkedin.com.

VLSI Graphics Architect-IEB-Xbox Hardware
VLSI Performance Architect, Senior-IEB-Xbox Hardware
Hardware Verification Engineer,Senior-IEB-Xbox Console.

The Senior position is where this news hits its boiling point as it states:

You will be responsible for the design verification and qualification of the Xbox console at the component, motherboard, and system levels,

So, if you never heard of VLSI before you are probably lost here. Let’s take a look at what that entails via wikipedia:

Very-large-scale integration (VLSI) is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip. VLSI began in the 1970s when complex semiconductor and communication technologies were being developed. The microprocessor is a VLSI device. The term is no longer as common as it once was, as chips have increased in complexity into billions of transistors.

Basically, VLSI is important in the overall scheme of designing the system which entails a huge amount of components. However, the story doesn’t end here. Founder of Swedish studio Avalanche, Christofer Sundberg, states that they are ready with some non-Just Cause related titles that could be ready for the next generation of consoles.

Yeah, absolutely. It’s actually quite an interesting subject for us – because when we worked on Just Cause 1, the Xbox 360 came out [at around the same time]. We had to do the 360 version in six months. It’s an interesting place again right now, where the projects we’re working on today might be coming out on [Microsoft’s] next technology

Unfortunately, it is more of a guessing game to their team despite having close ties with Microsoft.

Avalanche has a Central engine team” who believe Microsoft is “working on something” – but had seen “nothing confirmed in terms of specs and so on”. Despite being in “very close contact” with MS, he reiterated that the platform holder had “confirmed nothing” … “All we can do is guess and try to be as accurate as possible.”

Source: eurogamer.net, CVG.com