It seems we’re at that point in every console generation when everyone is talking about what’s next. Can’t we just live in the moment and appreciate what we have now? Of course not.
Rumors are already circulating about what the PlayStation 5 might look like under the hood, and now it seems like a job listing has revealed a major detail about the Xbox One’s successor.
Spotted by a ResetEra forum member, a job listing posted on the Microsoft careers site calls for a senior electrical engineer for the Xbox division, specifically a DRAM lead. What is DRAM? It’s RAM with a D, and the D stands for “dynamic.”
According to the job listing, this senior engineer will “lead the DRAM solutions for the Xbox console hardware development team,” solutions that include “DDR3, GDDR5, GDDR6 and future DRAM technologies.”
If those letters and numbers mean nothing to you, let me try to break it down. The Xbox One uses DDR3 memory, while Xbox One X uses GDDR5. The listing, therefore, implies that the next Xbox will use GDDR6 memory, and the One X version of that Xbox will use something even better than that. In more practical terms, GDDR6 chips will improve on the Xbox One X’s load times, draw distances, and overall performance, which is already the best in console gaming.
The job listing goes on to provide further evidence that this engineer will be working on the next Xbox:
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.
At this point, some are predicting that the next generation of consoles will begin to roll out in 2020 or later, and this listing seems to confirm that the Xbox Two isn’t just around the corner.
Source: NDTV Gadgets