Microsoft is looking for what appears to be new developers for future Xbox consoles. A job listing has already gone up for a senior electrical engineer to take on the role of DRAM Memory Lead, with all signs pointing towards it being Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox One X.
The candidate will be responsible for leading up DRAM solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team. This includes being well versed in DDR3, GDDR5, GDDR6, and any upcoming DRAM technologies. This is the first solid hint we’ve had from Microsoft that it will be using GDDR6 memory as the standard for its upcoming console, which we’ll call Xbox Two for simplicity’s sake.
While the job listing is mostly fairly innocuous, it does get interesting when Microsoft says the “successful candidate will be the primary technical focal point for existing and leading-edge memory technologies on currently shipping and future Xbox design projects.” Confirmation that whoever gets this role will be actively working on a next-generation Xbox console.
The successful applicant will have to find the sweet spot between performance, power, cost- reliability, and signal integrity. The crucial bit here is that just about any memory configuration could go into the Xbox Two, but it’s down to this person to decide which memory type will offer the most bang for its buck and how much is needed. Many guesstimates suggest 12-16GB GDDR6 could be on the cards, although this may prove a little expensive in terms of manufacturing.
Along with this, Microsoft’s looking for an Xbox Storage Architect. They too will help with future Xbox design projects, although they’ll be concerned with HDD, SSD, and Flash-based storage technologies.
With these roles only just going up, it would appear we’re still a long way from the next Xbox actually becoming a reality. Microsoft is looking at the hardware that’s available out there right now, so we should hopefully be able to get a picture of the performance level they’re shooting for.
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