The Xbox One X is a terrible name and they learned nothing from the Wii U

Microsoft is taking their naming convention from Nintendo and that's not a good thing. Sticking random letters at the end of your console names just confuses people who aren't fully immersed in game's media and know the differences.

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darthv72305d ago

Name is fine and it actually works when abbreviated. XBox One X= XBOX

WiiU is just.... WiiU or WU

SpaceRanger305d ago

"Name is fine and it actually works when abbreviated. XBox One X= XBOX"

No matter how much you say it, it's not gonna come true 😂

darthv72305d ago

Are you saying it does not abbreviate to XBOX?

DARK_WOLF305d ago

Keep hatin lol ' Xbox One X ' is a cool name.

Man these fanboys so desperate to hate on anything an everything with this system lol.

UltraNova305d ago

I can see how it could be kinda confusing to some but I think its fine.

mcstorm305d ago

The name is fine as the xbox one x is not a new gen console like the wiiu was. People thought the wiiu was the controller and it was a addon to the Wii.

The xbox one x and xbox one and s are all getting the same games but the X games are enhanced.

nX305d ago

Phil Spencer was probably like "X is such a cool letter, what rhymes with X?"

bluefox755305d ago

The name is fine, but if you don't think it'll cause confusion to uninformed consumers, you're lying to yourself.

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SpaceRanger305d ago

Not even MS spells it like that (as in XBox) lol this is reaching by its very definition.

Don't believe me?

The abbreviation would be XOX.

darthv72305d ago (Edited 305d ago )

The general rule of thumb for abbreviated names goes like this.

XBox: XB (original)
XBox 360: XB360 (or 360)
XBox One: XBO (or XB1)
XBox One S: XBOS (or XB1S)
XBox One X: XBOX (or XB1X)

I didnt make them up. Society did and that's how it goes.

Matrix6305d ago

Luckily it's not Xbox One R, otherwise it could be abbreviated to 'XBoneR' 😂

Aenea305d ago


I usually see:

Never seen those you mention. Must be regional then or something.......

girevik305d ago

XOX...O. Gossip Girl...

Okay, I'll see myself out! ;)

Cobra951305d ago

XOX is my acronym for it too.

rainslacker304d ago (Edited 304d ago )

Is it MS or the community that abbreviates like that darth?

I haven't seen many people calling the X1 XBO or XBOS. Xbone, X1, XB1 are more typical.


That would actually be pretty epic.

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Bathyj305d ago

It's actually even dumber when abbreviated. It's the first thing I noticed. Wait, you mean it's gonna be known as XBOX? Did you mean Xbox? No, XBOX.

What Xbox One wasn't sufficiently confusing? You have to clarify now what you're talking about? At least when you say XBOne S everyone knows straight away what console you're referring to. Now with XBOX there's no wrong answer, no right answer, and everyone's just guessing.

lelo2play305d ago (Edited 305d ago )

The Xbox One X is a terrible name. Even Scorpio was a better name.

Microsoft made a bunch of mistakes with XB1X, since the name, then the price and even the exclusives to help sell the console. Forza 7 and Crackdown 3 are probably good games, but they aren't huge names that sell consoles.

yomfweeee305d ago

The abbreviation just gets you back to the core name, so what is the point of that?

tehpees3305d ago

The name will cause branding confusion. I use the blogs and forums all the time and even I am struggling to understand this thing.

Why? Because while they clearly market it as a member of the family the price point, specs and features all seem to imply it is an entirely new system. And yes I am aware it is intended to be a member of the family but their marketing implies otherwise.

Aenea305d ago (Edited 305d ago )

"Are you saying it does not abbreviate to XBOX"

Well, to be fair, it's Xbox One X -> XOX

I mean if one grabs arbitrary extra letters from words then you can make other 'abbreviations' as well:

In any case, the name Xbox One X is perfectly fine, lines up nicely with Xbox One S (and as I said below where was this article when the One S was announced?)

Shadowlee305d ago

Xbox brand has always had multiple abbreviations. To be fair if you the playstation (which is 1 word)method you get XBOX. just like its PS4 rather than P4, See? I do use XOX or 1X however i use XB1 or XBO for the standard console so darth is right about rule of thumb. No one really uses XOS/X1s but u do see XBOS/XB1s

Dark_Knightmare2305d ago

No because you would have to cut out one which doesn't work because it's part of the Xbox one family

RaTaTaT305d ago

I'M coining the abbreviation xboX.

fenome305d ago

It's not a terrible name, it just sounds too much like Xbox One S when you say it out loud. I can see how it could be confusing for people that don't follow gaming like we do.

subtenko305d ago

"You got the xbox one or the xbox?"

dude: "The xbone?"

"the original xbox one"

dude: "O the XBOX"

"No I dont have the XBOX, just the Xbox"

dude: " mean the one x....."


(parents shopping)

"I would like a new xbox....what do you mean which one? The next west one I guess..."

Seem's like its okaaaay not as bad as the wii u but still Im not surprised if people get confused...names are too similar

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segamaniaco304d ago

People wont get confused when they know how much it costs

Zeref304d ago

Its a disappointing name at most. Because people including myself expected it to be named something cooler like Xbox Elite or Scorpio. But X is fine, far from terrible like some suggest.

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nitus10305d ago (Edited 305d ago )

The writer does have some good points but let the fanboys rants begin.

Note the similarity of the XBox naming for each generation such as XBox, Xbox360, XBox360 elite, XBox1, Xbox1s and now XBox1x. Sure most people here would know the difference but most nongamers or even casual gamers are going to be confused.

Grabs popcorn. 🙂

darthv72305d ago

Dont forget the XB360s and XB360e

ziggurcat305d ago

I have never seen anyone use XB360 - it has always been X360...

The 10th Rider305d ago

I don't think it particularly matters.

The Wii U had the problem that the console itself looked like a Wii, and they only advertised the tablet, making people think it was an accessory.

The Wii U was also its own separate console, whereas in this case Microsoft wants people to think it's in the same family of consoles.

It's a completely different situation.

Gh05t305d ago

So Nongamers (who dont game so who cares) and casuals (Who predominantly dont do consoles and even if they did, dont buy premium so again who cares) are the ones this confuses but on a gaming site for gamers we are still saying "Its just confusing"???

You literally said most gamers know the difference... Who do you think it is targeted to? The people who want it know what it is. The people complaining about the name and confusion either dont want it or dont know and when presented between a $250 dollar and $500 dollar console should/will stick with the $250 Xbox One S.

Its not like you can go to the store and pick up a game that doesn't have XBOX ONE at the top of it. Guess which console plays those games... Any with the name XBOX ONE in it.

I hope you get kernels stuck in your teeth.

TheColbertinator305d ago

lol no I still prefer the Xbone. Loved calling it that after Microsoft totally shot themselves in the foot.

Scorpio was suitable.

Dlacy13g305d ago

Just call it "the X" ....simple

Unreal01305d ago

Yeah that's a good idea. I just call my PS4 "the pro" now. It fits nicely.

-Foxtrot305d ago


The Wii U was a brand new next gen console...this isn't next gen

GameBoyColor305d ago

Casuals didnt know that. They all thought it was an add on controller or something because of the name.

CorndogBurglar305d ago

I think thats his point. By naming a next gen console the same as the previous gen and just adding one letter at the end, it was confusing.

But since the Xbox One X is still the same gen console, it shouldn't confuse people.

FinalFantasyFanatic305d ago

Yeah, it failed pretty spectacularly (I'm shocked it died so prematurely). Goes to show naming conventions are important, maybe they should have called it Wii2...

sd11305d ago

Even fans of Xbox X should agree that it is a terrible name. They should have stuck to scorpio.

Dlacy13g305d ago

And if you bothered reading or listening to interviews you would understand they couldn't call it the Scorpio because they couldn't trademark Scorpio in a number of countries. It just wasn't a viable option.

sd11305d ago

So you like the name xbox one x?

If they could not trademark the name "scorpio" then they should have used a different name that, if liked, could be trademarked.
At the end of the day i like the console, will buy it at launch, but think its a poor choice of name. It will cause confusion.

Gh05t305d ago

Shakespeare wrote something about this...
What’s in a name? that which we call a Xbox One X
By any other name would be as sweet