Microsoft decided that they really are following in Nintendo’s footsteps with their naming convention for the newest Xbox console. Instead of choosing a name that is memorable and standout, Microsoft decided to call the newest Xbox Series X… “Xbox”.
Yes, they’re just calling it “Xbox”.
We all thought the Xbox Series X was bad and basically a repeat of Nintendo’s marketing fiasco that was the Wii U, where majority of casuals thought it was just an add-on accessory for the Wii. Well, Microsoft is proving that things are even worse than that.
Shinobi, the communications manager for Wushu Studios, spotted the quote and shared it on Twitter.
Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox is Just Called “Xbox”https://t.co/jGTMb2LS3d
I thought it was implied but yes, for those who were a bit confused: “The name we’re carrying forward to next gen is simply Xbox. The name ‘Xbox Series X’ allows room for additional consoles in the future”. pic.twitter.com/76b5FhjAib
— Shinobi602 (@shinobi602) December 16, 2019
Yes, someone at Microsoft actually said that.
Speaking with Business Insider, a Microsoft representative told them…
“The name we’re carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox. And at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X.
“Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name ‘Xbox Series X’ allows room for additional consoles in the future,”
Would it not have been so difficult to maybe name it after their flagship launch title, Halo: Infinite? One of our readers suggested that Microsoft name it the Xbox Infinite, which would have been a heck of a lot better than just “Xbox”.
But Microsoft seems diligently dedicated to confusing the heck out of average customers.
The only thing they seem to be doing right from a marketing perspective is making it known right out of the gate that the system will be backwards compatible with both Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, which certainly makes it seem like a worthwhile purchase.
According to Gamespot, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed that the upcoming next-gen system will be able to play previous gen titles, with Spencer saying…
“We wanted to make sure we had that, day one, we could deliver on the compatibility promise, and so I’ve been playing quite a few [Xbox 360] games on my [Xbox Series X] and Xbox One games on the [Xbox Series X] and that’s just to ensure that we can be there day one,”
I suppose that’s one good thing to come out of this mess.