Can’t Believe It: Microsoft Considered These Crazy Names for the Xbox

In a interview with Edge, Seamus Blackley listed many names that were actually thought up by the company after the name Xbox wasn’t found to be “legally sound”. After the development, Blackley received a list of several idiotic acronym-based names that even he says were all “crap”.

– MAX (Microsoft Action Experience)
– AIO (All In One)
– MIND (Microsoft Interactive Network Device)
– FACE (Full Action Center)
– MITH (Microsoft Interactive Theatre)
– XON (Experience Optimised Network)
– MVPC (Microsoft Virtual Play Center)
– TAC (Total Action Center – discs/games could be called TACs)
– MARC (Microsoft Action Reality Center)
– LEX (Live Entertainment Experience)
– M-PAC (Microsoft Play and Action Center)
– RPM (Real Performance Machine)
– MOX (Microsoft Optimal Experience)
– E2 (Extreme Experience)
– MTG (Microsoft Total Gaming)
– VIP (Virtual Interactive Player)
– PTP or P2P (Powered To Play)
– VIC (Virtual Interactive Center – disks/games could be called VICs)
– MARZ (Microsoft Active Reality Zone)
– TSO (Three, Six, Zero)
– EHQ (Entertainment Headquarters)
– O2 (Optimal Ozone or Optical Odyssey)
– MIC (Microsoft Interactive Center)
– R&R (Reality and Revolution)
– MEA (Microsoft Entertainment Activator)
– AMP (Active Microsoft Player)
– VPS (Virtual Play System)
– MAP (Microsoft Action Play)
– MEGA (Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Attendant or Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Assembly)
– CPG (CyberPlayGround)
– VERV (Virtual Entertainment & Reality Venture)
– OM (Odyssey of the Mind)
– P2 (PowerPlay)
– IS1 (Interactive System In One)
– MET (Microsoft Entertainment Technology or Microsoft Entertainment Theatre)

Heck, I’m so glad that they decided to go with Xbox instead of all these names. What do you guys think? Could you see your console labeled with any of these names? (Edge via Gizmodo)

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3 thoughts on “Can’t Believe It: Microsoft Considered These Crazy Names for the Xbox

    • I like that, it seriously is a little mind-boggling thinking about how different things could be if Microsoft used a different name.

      Can’t help but think that a catchy name like Xbox was one of the reasons for its success.

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