How Did We All Screw Up the Name of the Next Xbox So Badly?

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 22, 2013 08:31 AM EDT
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Microsoft formally, and finally revealed their new console on Tuesday, and after the months of guesswork, and rumors based on trademarks, licensing, there it was, the Xbox One. One. As in, the first "one" of its kind, the first "one" of its generation.

Rolls right off the tongue.

Wait...what happened to Xbox 720? That seemed like a natural enough progression. What about Xbox Infinity? Wasn't that a hashtag for the whole unveiling in the first place? What happened to Fortaleza? What happened to Kryptos? What happened to Durango? On second though, the hell with Durango, it was a stupid name anyway, let Dodge have it.

Granted, Microsoft never bothered to confirm that a new console was ever in development for the last few years, let along ever say what it was actually named. Despite my own feelings towards the varous nicknames the console was saddled with, my hat's off to them for managing to keep the name of the console a hushed secret for so long.

All the same, we still can't help but wonder why Microsoft bothered to license multiple web domains featuring the word, Fusion. Is it something they did just for the hell of it, or does the company have something up their sleeves that we've yet to see?

Good question. Domain registration is pretty cheap, especially when you have pockets as deep as Microsoft's. For all we know, they could've been doing to just to keep it in their back pocket, or just to throw folks off their scent.

As for the console itself, you can check out highlights of the announcement here. Microsoft was a little light on games for the new console, showing only six in all: Call of Duty: Ghosts, Forza Motorsport 5, NBA Live 14, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and EA Sports UFC. Microsoft promised to reveal more of the library, but we'll have to wait until E3 next month for more.

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