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What will the next Xbox be called?

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With the recent official acknowledgement of the next-gen PlayStation and its unsurprising, yet conventional name of PlayStation 5, we are left wondering what direction Microsoft will choose when it comes to naming their successor to the Xbox One.

The Xbox brand has had a less than straight forward history when it comes to naming their hardware after the release of the original Xbox in 2001.

With the upcoming release of the PlayStation 3 in 2005/06, Microsoft allegedly wanted to avoid calling their next console the Xbox 2 to avoid consumers splitting hairs between numbers and causing consumer confusion with possible assumptions that 2 is greater than 3, so instead they opted for the Xbox 360 name when it released ahead of the PS3 in '05. Though this decision only furthered complications when it came time for the next generation Xbox...

Though many believed the next generation Xbox would be called the Xbox 720 after a supposed teaser was seen in the trailer for the 2011 film 'Reel Steel'. Instead, Microsoft chose to go back to the drawing board and turned heads when they revealed the Xbox One name during the Xbox Reveal 2013 event. The Xbox One released in 2013 up against the PlayStation 4.

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Further revisions of the Xbox One would be released under the monikers Xbox One S and Xbox One X. With the S being a revised, cost efficient revision of the original Xbox One and the X being a competitor to the rival PS4 Pro.

It's all a stark contrast to Sony's continued method of naming each home console PlayStation revision numerically and this makes us wonder what Microsoft will decide when it comes to naming the next Xbox which is rumoured to release in 2020 against the PlayStation 5.

Will they follow the likes of the Windows and Android teams and jump to 10 or perhaps X? What are your thoughts?

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Maybe they should just restart at this point and call it XBOX.

It's not like their naming was ever any good. With Sony you could at last tell from the name which is the newer console...

On that front, Nintendo is just cocaine with the naming of its consoles.
Honestly any name that makes it clear it's a new system would do, something that's not too over the top either. Sony's method of ascending number seems to not do harm just fine, Apple even got to 11 recently, and they may just continue till it reaches three digits. :P
 

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I kinda like Xbox's naming scheme, making different names that all mean the same thing. I think just Xbox is the most likely, specially if it's going to have incremental upgrades, just as they might rename Windows 10 to just Windows, so they can show consumers it's a thing that will stay around for a while.

I think it would be pretty stupid to make a new Xbox a traditional console. Microsoft doesn't even make exclusives anymore, it should just make a Windows box, that alone should give full X1 backwards compatibility LOL. Maybe it can simulate a console experience with disks, could need online DRM. I hope it's really cheap and I can run Linux on it.
 
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Maybe they should just restart at this point and call it XBOX.

It's not like their naming was ever any good. With Sony you could at last tell from the name which is the newer console...
You mean the XBox One X?
 
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