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Rubeus
10-04-2013, 11:15 AM
And he was stupid enough to say that he didn't see it coming in the first place. :P

http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/2013/254/Xbone_78982_embed.jpg

http://www.gamespot.com/news/microsofts-spencer-says-the-clever-xbone-nickname-will-stick-6415291

Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer has weighed in on his personal stance towards the popular Xbone nickname for the Xbox One.

"At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn't see it," said Spencer in an interview with GameSpot. "I'd been looking at the name for Xbox One for months, and I wasn't clever enough to merge them and come up with Xbone."

Microsoft took ownership of the Xbone.com domain in September. In the same week, the Xbox UK Twitter account used the Xbone term in a Tweet to musician Snoop Dogg, and Microsoft spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said the nickname "disrespects" the system's developers.

"I don't like it…it disrespects the teams that have put thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it's cheeky, but I don't care for it myself," said Hryb in September.

Spencer admits that he thinks Microsoft is going to have to endure the nickname. "But, you know, I think it's going to stick," he said. "I think we can say we don't like it as much as we want, but it's a clever use of the name. Probably not the most flattering name, but I think it's going to be there."

But does Spencer think that Microsoft should embrace the moniker? "Embrace? I think we know it's there. I don't think you'll see us running ads that say Xbone… but, yeah, it's a clever use of the name," he concluded

Joe Redifer
10-04-2013, 03:37 PM
It's better than "Xbox One" which itself is just stupid.

Badrats Studio
10-05-2013, 04:57 AM
Whoever has that idea in the first place deserve a medal. The Xbox One, that is. From 360 to 1 seems odd route.

Nem
10-05-2013, 05:07 AM
Xbone seems fitting.

Paper exe
10-05-2013, 08:49 AM
How dose Xbone pronounced?

X-Bone? or Zbone?
Saying X-bone sounds the more right and fitting but still long, zbone is easier to pronounce and more proper for an abbreviation imo.

Rubeus
10-08-2013, 02:27 PM
X - Bone sounds better than Xbox One, at least it doesn't sound like it's going backward from 360 to 1.

Paper exe
10-09-2013, 01:43 PM
Ok let get to the chase I reuse to pronounce "X" it is just too much effort.

I demand a better abbreviation!!

Joe Redifer
10-09-2013, 02:34 PM
It does take an extreme amount of superhuman effort to say "ecks" but through constant exercise and diet soon you too can be in good enough shape to pronounce it regularly.

bujeezus
10-11-2013, 12:25 PM
How dose Xbone pronounced?

X-Bone? or Zbone?
Saying X-bone sounds the more right and fitting but still long, zbone is easier to pronounce and more proper for an abbreviation imo.

still long? in what way? it's 2 syllables either way, no?