While there is wild speculation that Microsoft is set to move away from console hardware and take up stake in a more cloud-backed software solution that could span platforms and physical game boxes, a peak at a new job listing undercuts those theories just a bit.
According to job posting on the company's internal job boards, Microsoft is looking for someone to handle memory management of what seemingly will be the next piece of hardware to come from the software giant.
We are seeking a qualified candidate for a Senior Engineer to lead the DRAM solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team. DRAM solutions include DDR3, GDDR5, GDDR6 and future DRAM technologies. 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. The focus will be integrating the right memory solutions into the console based on a variety of constraints such as power, cost, reliability, signal integrity and performance requirements. Integration includes defining the system requirements for each memory technology, creating specifications, working within an internal team, partner teams and external vendors to identify specific components that meet the requirements and then completing a characterization, qualification and validation of the chosen technology.
With GDDR6 on the market, it seems like a no brainer that Microsoft is looking to hire someone to lead the charge in building a working understanding of how to implement it with partners such as NVIDIA and AMD next go around for the Xbox memory and GPU upgrades.
So fans of the Xbox console or business can at look forward to at least one more piece of hardware in the near future.Further reading: Memory, Microsoft, Xbox One X