Why The Xbox One Was Designed To 'Disappear'

The Xbox One is an interesting console but perhaps the least interesting thing about the Xbox One is its design. It’s big, it’s relatively bland, it looks like a VCR or a set-top box. Turns out plenty of that look was deliberate.

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BelkingOfSony1706d ago (Edited 1706d ago )

"We were trying to push boundaries, to do something new and inventive"... so we made a box that looks like a VCR.

Microsoft have been doing that a lot these days, turning to the past, just look at windows 8

mewhy321706d ago

I'm sure that ms was concerned about heat. They don't want to be in the same situation that they found themselves in the launching of the 360. It may not be the most attractive design but it will certainly run cooler than it's competitor.

UnHoly_One1706d ago

The main thing to keep in mind is how much they expect the system to be running.

People run their old game consoles, then switch them off to watch TV. This thing stays on all the time, even when switching to TV.

In some households, depending on work schedules, I bet the XB1 stays on from the moment the first person wakes up to whenever the last person goes to sleep.

I think that is why they designed it with so much open space for cooling.

Ashby_JC1706d ago


Yeah I can tell that the design was for various reasons. That you both stated.

With the TV function..I have my xbox one on way way more then I used to have my 360/ps3 on. And that is what I feel they were trying to do.

For whatever reason I have been using the youtube app alot more then I ever did on the 360. I think it is because you can turn the app on pretty fast. Drop it in the background to do other things and go right back to it.

I have been renting more movies etc....I just have been using it more for non gaming things. Even though I do have a carp load of gaming centric youtube channels I watch. Ohh and twitch I have used on the system.

hazardman1706d ago

It does run pretty cool. I dont mind the design at all as its sits in my entertainment center. Sheit now that I look at it all my consoles have disappeared. Except my controllers which always sit in front of my TV.

Mister_Dawg1706d ago

The 360 case design didn't affect the RROD situation. It had plenty of room inside given the heat output of it's components. The 360 problem was down to the design of the x-clamp and in many cases poor thermal medium.

However, I do agree MS went for a bigger case just to make sure they'd not have any repeat of overheating of any kind.

UnHoly_One1705d ago

Ashby I agree totally.

And I am the same in that I have been using more "non-gaming" features on my One than I ever did on my 360.

Just so nobody misunderstands what I'm saying, I'm not saying I'm doing these things INSTEAD of playing games, I'm just doing them on the XB1 instead of doing them on a different device somewhere.

I just like that everything is integrated together and can easily be swapped between or snapped.

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tuglu_pati1706d ago


The problem with Windows 8 is that it was design for touch devices in which it works great. So more like they were looking into the future instead of the present.

Insomnia_841706d ago (Edited 1706d ago )

You mean.......they were counting in people getting a touch screen tv in the future???? LOL

You're trying to hard. Give it a rest.

tuglu_pati1706d ago (Edited 1706d ago )

huh? what the hell are you talking about? I was talking about mobile not TV.

Trying to hard to what? You guys really are fanboys hah?

Farmassy1706d ago

ummm. I have a touchscreen TV. Everyone who has an X1 has a touchscreen tv. With the kinect you literally act like your pressing a button to open everything... so it works just like a touchscreen device. Windows 8 would work well.

I will admit they definitely still need to tweek the OS (which it sounds like they are working on)


I like the way it looks, But then again I like simple modern designs. The PS4 looks great too and I am a fan of the Blue Led strip, But I would not say one looks better than the other, in fact they are very similar more so than last gen where the 360 was inhale body shape and PS3 was exhale body shape.

Belking1706d ago

yea,xbox-one runs cooler than the other console. Thats a facet. As for windows 8, its not doing so well, but when your other OS is in over 90% of the worlds computers you can afford to fail. Sony doesn't have that option in their failures and they sure as heck don't have the cash reserves to do it.

GarrusVakarian1706d ago (Edited 1706d ago )

"yea,xbox-one runs cooler than the other console. "

I should think so too with that power brick outside of the console. MS team of designers/engineers could never have pulled off what the PS4 team did, to have an internal power brick and still function perfectly is amazing.

" and they sure as heck don't have the cash reserves to do it."

Belking doing what he does best, resorting to talking about each companies financial state because he knows he has NOTHING else on the PS4....sad. Oh well, i guess there are always Vita articles for you to bash on.

Oh and the PS4 actually runs COOLER while doing the most important thing (gaming), don't believe me? Check these links out :

X1, gaming temp - 49 degrees Celsius

PS4, gaming temp - 44 degrees Celsius

Yet again, you don't research what you are talking about before commenting, you have a real bad habit of doing that.

tagan8tr1705d ago

So in that line of thinking its ok to go to work tomorrow and take a knap because I got a lot done today. I for one bought a laptop and had no choice but to take windows 8 no option for win 7 anymore. I hate 8 btw and it doesn't make me ok with it because 7 was good.

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XiSasukeUchiha1706d ago

Damn seriously so you made look like a VCR on purpose! Wow this just made me question your design team!

StealthPandemic1706d ago

Doubt you can make anything.

DanielGearSolid1706d ago

Wth? Does he think ppl are stupid?

A rectangular box is pushing boundaries?

GamersRulz1706d ago

I don't think that's true with this giant power brick.

curtis921706d ago

Ironically it stands out well on store shelves.

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