Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer is fairly confident that, regardless of the company’s feelings the “Xbone” nickname is going to stick, he told GameSpot in a recent interview.
According to Spencer, the Xbox One portmanteau didn’t even occur to him, despite all the time he spent looking at the name for Microsoft’s next console. Spencer is less annoyed about the name itself or derisive connotation, but rather that he wasn’t clever enough to come up with it himself.
“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,” Spencer said.
Other Microsoft reps have repeatedly expressed distaste for the nickname, including Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, who, in a post on NeoGAF, declared it disrespectful.
“I think it’s going to stick,” Spencer added. “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.”
Now, finally, I can report that the Xbone—in all it’s boney glory—launches in North America and Europe November 22.