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Microsoft Comments on "Xbone" Nickname, Calls it Clever

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

Not quite what Microsoft had expected

Nicknames for consoles tend to sprout up fairly quickly among the gaming community shortly after their reveals. This year when Microsoft announced the name to the successor to the Xbox 360 in May, it had the misfortune of being nicknamed the "Xbone." Some felt simply referring to the next-gen console as the "X1" was adequate enough, while others felt the former was more indicative of the poor messaging from Microsoft in regards to the controversial policies surrounding the console.

Now, Microsoft's own Phil Spencer has spoken on his thoughts about the nickname and why he feels — that no matter what — it's here to stay.

"At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn't see it," said Spencer in an interview with GameSpot. "I'd been looking at the name for Xbox One for months, and I wasn't clever enough to merge them and come up with Xbone."

"But, you know, I think it's going to stick. I think we can say we don't like it as much as we want, but it's a clever use of the name. Probably not the most flattering name, but I think it's going to be there.

Phil Spencer doesn't see the Redmond-based company warming up to the name any time soon either, and in no way would they use it as a marketing tool in any capacity. He does, however, acknowledge that the moniker is a "clever use of the name."

Spencer's personal opinion does go against what Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb had to say about the term, when he tweeted the nickname "disrespects" the team that worked on the hardware.

What are your musings over the "Xbone" nickname? Have you been referring to the Xbox One as such to all your friends? Do you think the name was spawned mainly because of the negative backlash over those DRM policies? Go ahead and comment; we always love hearing from our readers.


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User Comments (7)



Tasuki said:

I have just called it the Xbox One. IMO using the Xbone name just shows how childish and dumb people can be.



AVahne said:

I've been calling it the Xbone, and will continue to do so throughout its life.



AtomicToaster said:

My favorite is how Xbox one fans sometimes call themselves Xboners! An Xboner! That sounds painful!



Generik said:

I adopted the Xbone name myself mostly out of amusement. Larry Hyrb making a stink about it sealed the deal.

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