Here are some rejected Xbox One prototypes

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, the company showed off some of the early prototype designs for the Xbox One, showing what the console could have looked like before the current design was selected. Xbox creative director Carl Ledbetter showed some of the creations, as seen above, which range from the extremely angular, to the curved and even just plain weird.

According to Ledbetter, the design of the Xbox One was all about quality, stating that "we wanted to make it simple and elegant, and we wanted it to be crafted and tailored". So a team of around 30 people began designing the next-generation console on paper, which were then sent to be fabricated into prototype models to be demonstrated in real-world locations such as a living room.

After a design was shortlisted, the designer would have to work with the engineering team to figure out how the all-important components of the Xbox One would fit into the shell. Eventually the final design was settled on, and then work began on the finer details such as the finish, the vent design and the branding.

Ledbetter also said that over 200 designs were produced for the Xbox One's controller, prototypes of which, like the console itself, were printed in-house. "We found that, when people put these in their hands, could tell the difference between a 10th of a millimeter in size", Ledbetter stated, which no doubt affected the final design and its similarity to the old Xbox 360 controller.

Source: Polygon

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The actual Xbox one is like the Mozart of games consoles looking at this collection (if it deserves that title).

Brian Miller said,
Why did they make it so ugly looking?

It's not supposed to be beautiful. They've said numerous times that the intent was to have it blend in with the rest of an entertainment system. And that it will.

Personally, I don't care what it looks like. I expect performance.

SPARTdAN said,
But the Xbone doesn't look 'elegant', it looks like an old VCR which isn't 'elegant'.

If your VCR looked like an Xbox One, it was WAAAY ahead of it's time.

I think the Xbox One looks great.

You read that? Xbox One. Not Xbone. How childish

I don't take anyone who writes Xbone seriously, it's like M$, immediately puts them on selective just trolling ignore for me.

How is abbreviating for the sake of brevity childish or trolling? Is it because someone was negative towards your religious artifact? It's not like he said Xboner. M$ I'll give you because it's always been used by the haters in a sad attempt to make Microsoft (MS) look greedy, or somehow low, but Xbone? Get over yourself.

omgben said,
How is abbreviating for the sake of brevity childish or trolling? Is it because someone was negative towards your religious artifact? It's not like he said Xboner. M$ I'll give you because it's always been used by the haters in a sad attempt to make Microsoft (MS) look greedy, or somehow low, but Xbone? Get over yourself.

It's hardly an acronym that saves you much time. Abbreviating the XBox One is just lazy.

omgben said,
How is abbreviating for the sake of brevity childish or trolling? Is it because someone was negative towards your religious artifact? It's not like he said Xboner. M$ I'll give you because it's always been used by the haters in a sad attempt to make Microsoft (MS) look greedy, or somehow low, but Xbone? Get over yourself.

Can't find the exact post he made but he does indeed admit to calling it that for sake of taking the pee. So yes, he will get ignored just like those that say crApple, LinSux and M$

omgben said,
How is abbreviating for the sake of brevity childish or trolling? Is it because someone was negative towards your religious artifact? It's not like he said Xboner. M$ I'll give you because it's always been used by the haters in a sad attempt to make Microsoft (MS) look greedy, or somehow low, but Xbone? Get over yourself.

Because it's selectively choosing how to write it down do it can be written as Xbone. If he really wanted to shorten it, he'd call it the XB1, or the X1.

HawkMan said,
I don't take anyone who writes Xbone seriously, it's like M$, immediately puts them on selective just trolling ignore for me.

A lot of people started to use Xbone in favor of Xbox One because they already used 'xbox one' when referring to the original xbox. It's not a tactic like M$ used to insinuate that Microsoft is all about the $$.

Some people started to use X1 but as you'd imagine it'd not that much of a friendly keyword when you start to search for it... and the same goes for Xbox one. It's (was) not a product name that's easy to search for information on, instead you get a load of generic terms.

There was a report here that Xbone was internal code name at Microsoft. So it's funny to see fanboys butthurt over trivial things.

The PS3 looked like a George Foreman grill. Apple products tend to get a lot of inspiration from Rams era Braun products, yet they still did good jobs with their intended roles.

The way I see the Xbox One is that it is a product for the living room and you're looking at the screen when you are using it, not the console (my same argument when people moan about how a desktop computer is a grey box...).

sanke1 said,
There was a report here that Xbone was internal code name at Microsoft. So it's funny to see fanboys butthurt over trivial things.

That would have been XBOne