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Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Penell

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"Who's to say that they didn't leak that name out?"

The original Xbox was once known internally as the "Microsoft Entertainment Activator" and "Real Performance Machine", among other things. A little more sanely, the manufacturer once dreamed of titling its third Xbox console "Xbox Infinity". Thanks to Xbox One marketing and planning director Albert Penello and Forbes for that particular revelation.... read more

Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Penell

Postby Maximus T » 02 Sep 2013, 15:45

Xbox Max. Obviously. (If you want, Max. can be short for Maximum, rather than Maximus :wink:(though remember what Maximus actually means, translated from Latin or whatever) )
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Gertrude » 02 Sep 2013, 16:06

I CAN GO FROM ONE TO INFINITY IN 720 SECONDS.
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Postby CunningSmile » 02 Sep 2013, 16:06

I would have called it Gertrude :lol:
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby OXM ETboy » 02 Sep 2013, 16:19

Gertrude wrote:I CAN GO FROM ONE TO INFINITY IN 720 SECONDS.


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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Dave2123 » 02 Sep 2013, 16:33

CunningSmile wrote:I would have called it Gertrude :lol:


I think we may have stumbled upon the reason you weren't hired by Microsoft's Marketing Team. :)
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Maximus T » 02 Sep 2013, 16:40

Dave2123 wrote:
CunningSmile wrote:I would have called it Gertrude :lol:


I think we may have stumbled upon the reason you weren't hired by Microsoft's Marketing Team. :)

It's actually a bit of an in-joke, I believe. :D Can't remember why though...
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby OXM ETboy » 02 Sep 2013, 16:42

It's all Bezza's fault, is what it is.
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby CunningSmile » 02 Sep 2013, 17:44

Maximus T wrote:
Dave2123 wrote:
I think we may have stumbled upon the reason you weren't hired by Microsoft's Marketing Team. :)

It's actually a bit of an in-joke, I believe. :D Can't remember why though...


No one can. Ed's right that its all Bezza's fault but I can't for the life of me remember how it started. We just all got fed up of calling it the 720 and soon even articles were referring to the next generation as Gertrude.

How she ended up with a slightly insane forum presence I'm even less sure about :lol:
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby FishyGinger » 02 Sep 2013, 18:04

The Gertrude could cook bacon though, I doubt this thing even gets hot enough to destroy itself, crappy well ventilated thing.

The only way MS will get me to order one anytime soon is if they embed thousands of Arnold and Sly quotes, so you get a new one everytime you start up the machine. Just casual things like 'Ice to see you', 'Here is sub-zero, now plain zero' and 'I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!' for when there's a system update.
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Maximus T » 02 Sep 2013, 18:05

CunningSmile wrote:
Maximus T wrote:It's actually a bit of an in-joke, I believe. :D Can't remember why though...


No one can. Ed's right that its all Bezza's fault but I can't for the life of me remember how it started. We just all got fed up of calling it the 720 and soon even articles were referring to the next generation as Gertrude.

How she ended up with a slightly insane forum presence I'm even less sure about :lol:

We could consider her on par with the physical manifestation of the TARDIS. :lol:
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Decent_Jam » 02 Sep 2013, 20:08

I think that's why the poor boy has been so quiet you know, the disappointment of Gertrude not being let out of her closet.

I liked the idea of Infinity but with BioShock Infinite just released probably best not to confuse people.

All the things I might have suggested have probably already taken by graphics card or something.

I'm happy with One as a name though, the principle might be a little flawed (since really you'd need to have a set too box of some sort to use any of the TV features, thus immediately annulling the 'one for all' aspect).
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby evilcanofsoda » 02 Sep 2013, 20:47

I'm ok with Xbox One. But I would have liked more Xbox Infinity. :|
The only thing I'm angry about, it's that the Xbox One slogan isn't "The ONE console to rule them all. The XBOX ONE" :mrgreen:
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby ipsofacto » 03 Sep 2013, 00:49

Ironic really. Going from 'Infinity' to 'One' is almost switching to the complete opposite.
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Re: Xbox One was almost called Xbox Infinity, Microsoft's Pe

Postby Maximus T » 03 Sep 2013, 09:06

ipsofacto wrote:Ironic really. Going from 'Infinity' to 'One' is almost switching to the complete opposite.

Sorry to nit-pick but the opposite of infinity would be negative infinity. 1 is remarkably close to the middle of the number line. :D
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Postby ipsofacto » 03 Sep 2013, 13:06

Maximus T wrote:
ipsofacto wrote:Ironic really. Going from 'Infinity' to 'One' is almost switching to the complete opposite.

Sorry to nit-pick but the opposite of infinity would be negative infinity. 1 is remarkably close to the middle of the number line. :D


Hahaha, very true... I'll rephrase: "Purely in terms of magnitude, going from 'Infinity' to 'One' is almost switching to the complete opposite"
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