“Not the most flattering name, but I think it’s going to be there.”
Despite Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb not being amused by the term “Xbone” to describe the Xbox One, even calling the name “disrespectful”, Microsoft Studios lead Phil Spencer says they’ve more or less come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to go away.
In conversation with GameSpot, Spencer stated that, “At first, I guess the thing that bugged me the most is I didn’t see it. 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.
“I think it’s going to stick. 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.”
Microsoft also recently purchased a website with the name “Xbone” in it, no doubt wishing to own everything and anything related to the Xbox One’s name.