Microsoft Quietly Removes Hints to Next Generation Xbox From Career Ad Seeking a “Super Creator”

on July 14, 2014 4:51 PM

A few days ago Microsoft published a career opportunity ad seeking a “super creator” industrial designer for the Xbox team and mentioning that he’d work on the “next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft.”

Today the ad has been quietly but rather radically modified, with all references to the next generation removed. The passage used to read:

The Xbox Industrial Design studio is building a world class in house team. We love entertainment. We live for building transformative entertainment experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers who want to help us create next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft.

Primary Responsibilities
This is a design position within the Xbox industrial design studio. You will be joining a team that drives vision and product development for Xbox hardware programs. The right candidate will be a “hands on” individual contributor that will bring thought leadership, inspirational creative output, and passion to the Xbox entertainment space. In essence, this position requires nothing less than a “super creator”.

The new version, which is available at the same url and bears the same Job ID (indicating that it’s the same ad for the same career opportunity) reads:

Join the world class, in house Xbox Industrial Design studio. We love entertainment and live for building transformative experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers to help create new Devices and experiences for Microsoft.

Primary Responsibilities
This is a design position within the Xbox industrial design studio. You will be joining a team that drives vision and product development for Xbox hardware programs. The right candidate will be a “hands on” individual contributor that will bring thought leadership, inspirational creative output, and passion to the Xbox entertainment space. In essence, this position requires nothing less than a “super creator”.

The reasons for the changes could be multiple, but the most probable are that either the original text was misleading and Microsoft isn’t yet planning its next generation hardware (after all “next genration” is becoming pretty much a buzzword), or they simply prefer to keep their plans a little more under wraps.

Anyway, there you have it, straight from the lion’s mouth: This “super creator” will be working on unspecified “new devices and experiences.” As for their nature, we have no way to know at the moment.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.