Suggests Work Has Reached Hardware Production?
We all know Microsoft is working on a next-generation successor to the Xbox 360; we just don't know where they're planning to take the Xbox 720, Next Xbox, Kinectbox or whatever they decide to call it. My suggestion; the Xbox Evo. With Microsoft unwilling, as yet, to talk about what they're working on, all we're left with is scrounging for rumors and industry chatter. The latest comes from internet sleuth, Supererogatory, who was sent a select few Microsoft employee resumes with explicit mentions towards a "next-gen Xbox".
The resumes all point to employees directly involved in next-generation Xbox development. Jeff Faulkner's resume even reveals his official title as 'Xbox Next Gen Creative Director'. A celebrated interactive designer, Faulkner was previously part of the Zune team at Microsoft for two years up until January of this year, where he was subsequently moved to the next-gen Xbox team.
Jonathan Harris, a Senior Creative Director at Microsoft, mentions he's spent the last year and a half working on "the next generation of entertainment". Like Faulkner, Harris previously worked at Zune, too, as well as Microsoft offshoot, Pioneer Studios. Harris' resume is less explicit, as he could simply be working on next-generation software updates for the 360, but it's not hard to imagine he's knee-deep in more exciting stuff.
Patrick Corrigan, who worked at Microsoft up until June of this year on UI and branding, has since left the company. However, his resume points to similar next-generation work, namely providing "groundwork and integration for branding elements for next-gen XBOX on all forms of media. Ranging from print to UI across future releases of the XBOX platform".
Finally, the most interesting resume belongs to Joe Langevin, an Xbox Hardware Engineer Intern. Langevin has spent the last six months in hardware development at Xbox, where he states he has worked on "high speed data buses to prevent electromagnetic interference in next-gen devices". Langevin's resume is the most intriguing, as if the "next-gen devices" he mentions refers to the Next Xbox, Microsoft has already begun the hardware phase of development. [Supererogatory]