Microsoft replaces lead designer of the next Xbox console

December 17, 2011

Microsoft replaces lead designer of the next Xbox consoleThere is more news about the next Xbox console as some interesting information about its lead designer may have been revealed. For several months, there have been reports of studios working on next gen Xbox games floating around the Web.

There is even a rumor indicating that the console will be unveiled at CES early next year, and will launch in 2013. Cnet is now reporting that Don Coyner, GM of entertainment design at Microsoft and the man responsible for designing the Xbox 360, will not be heading up the next gen console.

Coyner has been credited for designing both the original Xbox and Xbox 360. He has been also credited for designing much of Xbox Live. Apparently, sources have revealed that Coyner will be replaced by Emma Williams, the lead designer of the new metro-style Xbox interface update that was released recently.


The new metro-style interface is Microsoft’s new design that originated from the Windows Phone 7. With Windows 8 and Xbox Live heavily influenced by this new metro look, it appears that this will be Microsoft’s new unified design going forward.

Williams joined Microsoft in 2003 and will be leading the design strategy for the next generation Xbox console. Apparently, Conyer will still remain at Microsoft, but it is not clear what role he will be taking on.

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