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Xbox 8 domains registered by Microsoft

Could the next Xbox be called "Xbox 8"? The name would make sense, given Microsoft's concurrent shifts to the number 8 across its other platforms.

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Could the next Xbox be called "Xbox 8"? Sure, the name might incite some confusion. For example, some might think the system to be 352 generations less powerful than the current iteration. Others will point out that that the next system is far from the eighth generation of the Xbox.

However, the name would make sense, given Microsoft's concurrent shifts to the number 8 across its other platforms. Specifically, both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are launching later this year.

Microsoft's interest in the Xbox 8 name was discovered by Fusible. The site uncovered a Microsoft-initiated dispute for a number of Xbox 8-related domains, such as Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org. There are also disputes filed for XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, and XboxLiveTV.com.

These moves could be protective measures, and not representative of any actual products coming out of Redmond. However, "Xbox 8" certainly has a much better ring to it than "Xbox 720"--even if both the names are total lies.

Microsoft issued a statement to Kotaku in response to the report: "Microsoft often acquires various domain names as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment."

From The Chatty

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    July 3, 2012 10:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Xbox 8 domains registered by Microsoft.

    Could the next Xbox be called "Xbox 8"? The name would make sense, given Microsoft's concurrent shifts to the number 8 across its other platforms.

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      July 3, 2012 10:04 AM

      Xbox 8====D

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      July 3, 2012 10:11 AM

      I don't see how the name would cause confusion. People seemed to handle "360" pretty well. By the time the new Xbox is released, the whole "8" theme will be a lot more established than it is today.

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      July 3, 2012 10:16 AM

      It'll be Xbox infinity

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      July 3, 2012 10:16 AM

      8Box or Xbo8

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        July 3, 2012 10:30 AM

        Something pronounced X-Bait. Exclusive extreme fishing games now on kinect 2.

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          July 3, 2012 10:42 AM

          there's a barber shop in my city named "Ultim8 barber" or some such and it drives me nuts every single time I pass it. What the fuck is ulti-mayte? You mean ultimate? No one pronounces 8 "ut"

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          July 3, 2012 12:34 PM

          Ah yes, the Xb8 Switch accessory!

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        July 3, 2012 12:52 PM

        X8OX?

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      July 3, 2012 10:17 AM

      Windows Xbox media server 8

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      July 3, 2012 10:25 AM

      KinextBox 8 will be my guess.

      Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 may be popular among those who use PCs and Microsoft phones, but to the general console buyer, will the name 'Xbox 8' really appeal?

      If they really wanted to sell to the mass market, you'd think Microsoft would settle for 'iAndroidPodGalaxy5s' just to be safe.

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        July 3, 2012 10:28 AM

        Or possibly 'CoDBox'.

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        July 3, 2012 10:29 AM

        the general console buyer owns a Windows PC...

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          July 3, 2012 10:40 AM

          I thought it was all about the Macs nowadays...

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            July 3, 2012 10:50 AM

            in the US you've got ~1/10 people using a Mac, worldwide it's 1/20

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              July 3, 2012 11:21 AM

              That's a surprising number given the amount of people who praise Apple, then again, Macs aren't iPhones i suppose.

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                July 3, 2012 11:26 AM

                iPhones and iPads are more popular than Macs ever were. Last quarter Apple sold 3x as many iPads as Macs and more than 8x as many iPhones as Macs.

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        July 3, 2012 10:30 AM

        Microsoft Bob presents: KinextBox Zune, featuring WebTV

        Gotta get all that brand synergy working for them.

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          July 3, 2012 10:38 AM

          Microsoft Home Live Experience Media Center: Home Edition 2013 SE

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      July 3, 2012 10:28 AM

      Seems short-sighted. They are going to make windows 9 and windows phone 9 way before they are going to make the next Xbox iteration so they are going to screw themself, brand-wise, if they do this, because the xbox will have an "old version number"

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        July 3, 2012 10:30 AM

        You should pass that along to them.

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          July 3, 2012 1:06 PM

          watcher8, that sounds like a good idea

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        July 3, 2012 10:42 AM

        Not if they update the software on the Xbox to a new Xbox 9 OS

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      July 3, 2012 10:43 AM

      Boo! That does not roll off the tongue. The X sound into the 8 sound is bleh. I can believe it though, it sounds like they're trying to pull all the branding together.

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        July 3, 2012 10:45 AM

        Xbox ate my dog.

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        July 3, 2012 10:55 AM

        X sound into the 3 is even worse, so it's got to be an improvement.

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          July 3, 2012 12:06 PM

          but people just say "the 360". "the 8" would sound stupid.

          • Ebu
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            July 3, 2012 12:52 PM

            nexbox

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            July 3, 2012 1:08 PM

            "the three" is just as bad.

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              July 3, 2012 2:02 PM

              But everyone says "360." If it's called "Xbox 8," you're stuck with, "Xbox," or, "Eight."

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            July 3, 2012 2:07 PM

            "The XBate"

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        July 3, 2012 11:16 AM

        h8ters gonna h8te

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      July 3, 2012 11:17 AM

      It's also the 8th Generation of Console systems.

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      July 3, 2012 11:19 AM

      Or they might just pull a Most Wanted and just call it Xbox.

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      July 3, 2012 11:20 AM

      XB8, heh...

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      July 3, 2012 11:29 AM

      Xbox ∞

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      July 3, 2012 11:31 AM

      Xbox 8 - 8bits full of funs.

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      July 3, 2012 12:25 PM

      Windows 8 Interface for the next XBox?

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        July 3, 2012 12:30 PM

        the 360 already has a Metro style UI for consistency across Win8 and WP7/WP8...

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      July 3, 2012 12:31 PM

      Ah yes, following in the long tradition of brands like Zune, Live, Active, and .NET, as well as throwing a year after the product name, and giving a product a bland name describing exactly what it is.

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        July 3, 2012 12:31 PM

        Also, X. How could I forget X?

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        July 3, 2012 12:37 PM

        Xbox has been a pretty massively successful new, non-Windows brand that has done basically done of those things...

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      July 3, 2012 1:00 PM

      eighters gonna eight

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      July 3, 2012 1:03 PM

      xb8.com sounds like a porn site.

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        July 3, 2012 1:21 PM

        tube8.com are laughing their arses off

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      July 3, 2012 1:09 PM

      They should call it Console.

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      July 3, 2012 2:11 PM

      I think they should just call it "Xbox" again. They can market it like Apple's iPad and just call it "the new Xbox" until it isn't new anymore.

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        July 3, 2012 2:41 PM

        new box

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        July 3, 2012 3:36 PM

        Actually I could see them doing that. It's not like they need to differentiate from the original xbox any more, since this console generation was so long. Hmm, people will start calling the first one Original XBOX / OBX etc, like ST:TOS.

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        July 4, 2012 12:29 AM

        box++;

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        July 4, 2012 12:31 AM

        sounds smrt to me

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      July 3, 2012 3:19 PM

      ExtraBoxate

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      July 3, 2012 6:46 PM

      Makes sense, either way not a big deal unless Windows 8 runs on the next Xbox or if games are cross platform between xbox new and windows 86x or xbox new and windows rt.

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        July 5, 2012 10:11 AM

        I would not be surprised if the next Xbox just runs a simplified, Kinecty version of Windows RT

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      July 3, 2012 10:05 PM

      And people thought 720 would be bad? At least it would've sounded good and rolled off the tongue.

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      July 6, 2012 2:10 PM

      Well most likely we'll be on Windows 10 or 11 when their next system is out, so I'm not sure why they would call it 8. However, Xbox 8 is twice a good as Playstation 4.