Microsoft have decided to make the naming of the freshly revealed Xbox Series X just that little bit more confusing. The Xbox Series X isn’t actually called Xbox Series X, it’s called Xbox… Series X. That is to say that while it’s called Xbox Series X, the next generation console family name is Xbox, and this model is Series X.
Clear as mud.
It’s safe to say that the reveal of the Xbox Series X has been a little bit divisive, whether it’s the tower-like design, the potential difficulty of fitting it into a TV cabinet horizontally, or the name and how similar it sounds to Xbox One X.
A Microsoft rep explained it to Business Insider, saying “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.”
While there have long been rumours of Microsoft having multiple models of Project Scarlett console, and we’ve seen a form of that in the current generation, I think everyone expected that Microsoft would be following the naming conventions of the Xbox One. There it was the letter appended to the end that denoted the model, whether it was the slimmer S, more powerful X, or all-digital SAD.
Following the Xbox One’s naming convention naming, it could have been Xbox Series S, Xbox Series E, Xbox Series X. Instead, with ‘Xbox’ the generational console name and not ‘Xbox Series’, we could see console names like Xbox On E, Xbox Sexy U, Xbox Cuppa T, Xbox Box X*. The possibilities are endless.
Microsoft dropped the console reveal last week at The Game Awards, ending more than a little bit of speculation over the console codenamed Project Scarlett. It features a striking tower-like design, though one that’s possible to lie horizontally, and the new Xbox Wireless Controller, making subtle modifications to the current design, adding a new Share button and D-pad design.
Alongside the console, Microsoft also revealed the second exclusive title for the Xbox Series X (after Halo Infinite), Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.
*The X is for XBOX.
Source: Business Insider