Xbox 8 not 720 and why eight is a good name
You might have heard the name Xbox 8 before and that the next-gen Xbox is already running Unreal Engine 4 in a prototype form, and this would be in part thanks to a story published back in February of this year, although it seems many gaming blogs have mistakenly picked up the story this weekend as something new.
It’s good to refresh the memory but there are plenty of reasons for the so-called Xbox 720 to really be called “8“ – refreshing our minds about Mark Rein’s comments at the DICE summit in February is good. He stated that Unreal Engine 4 had been running on “systems we can’t name” and this made some gamers jump to conclusions when considering Epic’s past. With this in mind it’s good to remember that this rumor did hit the headlines a few months ago and not only by some forgetful bloggers, but what is it with the name Xbox 8?
We like Xbox 8 more than Xbox 720 although it does remind us of other product naming like with the rumored iPhone 5, and if Microsoft went with this name what could the “8” stand for? There are those that believe the alpha forms of Xbox 8 are hinting towards this name thanks to it being “the 8th generation of home console“, although we’d have to disagree with this line of thought considering Microsoft had nothing to do with systems like the Sega Master System, NES, and Atari.
The real reason Xbox 8 would be a good name – Then we have the idea behind Xbox 8 that it could be to do with the amount of cores their hardware could be packing, and while some gamers get excited over this possibility it seems a strange way to name a next-generation games console. The real reason Xbox 8 is a better name than Xbox 720 is purely to do with Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and other Microsoft products. It makes a lot of sense if Microsoft does bring some form of the Windows 8 operating system to a new Xbox.
If Microsoft call their new console Xbox 8 – why do you think it would be?