When Microsoft revealed that the next-gen Xbox’s name was going to be Xbox One, some people clambered to think of a shorthand term for it right off the gate.
Of course, that’s easier said than done since it’s not as easy as the Xbox 360 being nicknamed the X360 or Sony’s consoles continuing with numerical names (PlayStation 4 = PS4).
Unfortunately or fortunately — depending on your point-of-view — some people have nicknamed the Xbox One as “Xbone,” since it’s a play on Xbox, the word One, and the fact that some people considered Microsoft’s original DRM scheme for it as “boning” consumers.
Over on NeoGAF, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has just recently gotten his membership approved and people already made a “Welcome @MajorNelson at GAF” thread started to officially welcome the Microsoft spokesman into the fray.
In it, Nelson proceeded to answer a few questions regarding the Xbox One and one user asked him what he thought of the Xbox One being nicknamed “Xbone” to which Nelson replied that he doesn’t like it, and thinks it disrespects the teams that worked hard on it.
I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.
I personally don’t use the term Xbone when referring to the Xbox One and honestly don’t have a problem with it. But then again, I’m not part of Microsoft or worked on the console itself so maybe Major Nelson has a point?
Are you fine with the Xbox One being called Xbone or should enthusiasts think of a better nickname for Microsoft’s next-gen platform?
For more on the Xbox One and Major Nelson, make sure to read up on how he’s looking forward to the “truth” to come out regarding the PS4’s alleged 30 percent power advantage over the Xbox One.