Industry Blend: Top 5 Names For Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox
Author: William Usher
published: 2011-10-23 16:03:54
Microsoft is still mum on all things next-gen. The closest thing we’ve come to next-gen from Microsoft is Kinect and it’s basically an even more casual version of the Wii-mote. However, with all the talk about the next Xbox (dubbed Xbox 720 for now) and rumors flying off the handle about its potential release in either 2013 or 2014, it only makes sense to toss out a few names that might be a better replacement for the extreme-sports sounding Xbox 720.
This here list is just a toss-around of speculative names for Microsoft’s next-generation console. Nothing is in stone and anything is possible. In no particular order, here is the top five names for Microsoft’s next Xbox.
The Phantom sounds more like a concept car from Chrysler than an actual game console…wait, it was a concept car from Chrysler. Nevertheless, it’s a nice little mysterious name for Microsoft’s next console. It clearly moves away from the skateboarder “360” or “720” or “1080” connotations and at the same time it has a sleek and sexy futuristic sound to it. It barely rolls off the tongue with ease…”Xbox Phantom”…still, there are worse names out there for a next-generation console. Sort of like going from The Revolution to the Wii. The Phantom’s design seems like it would have a lot of eye-catching curves as opposed to contemporary lines, playing into that whole concept-car feel.
I debated on whether it should be the Trinity, Trinigy or the Trifecta, but Trinity just sounds the best out of the three and it is the third outing for the Xbox so that kind of fits. Plus, most people will think about The Matrix when they hear or see a name like Trinity. And let’s face it, The Matrix is about as cool as nerds can get in the mainstream. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue with ease but it sounds like it could be a console that’s all black and sleek and kind of thin just like the Xbox 360 Slim…just, not the Xbox 360 Slim. Maybe it could be a little thinner and a little sleeker. The name carries some elements of maturity with it, which might help it maintain an older audience. However, with a lot of gaming companies aimed at the casual market the "Xbox Trinity" doesn't really maintain a mainstream appeal the way other, more casual names do.
What’s more is that the name could be used to promote all sorts of new features for the Xbox brand, sort of the way Nintendo used “Super” in many of their franchises on the SNES or “64” for many of their games on the N64. “Lancer” edition this and “Lancer” edition that could work well for Microsoft’s next-gen console and it’s definitely my top pick out of the five.
You can vote for the name you like the most out of the top five picks here or drop down to the comments and explain why you would go with another name for the next Xbox.
Top 5 Names For Next-Gen Xbox
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