Microsoft acquires the "Xbone.com" domain, even if it doesn't like the term

Microsoft has had its share of fan derision for the Xbox One console, especially in the few weeks after it was first announced when the company had some unpopular used game and DRM policies that it later reversed. Some so-called "fans" started calling the console the "Xbone" in protest.

Now it's been revealed that Microsoft has acquired the "Xbone.com" domain name. According to the WHOIS page on Domaintools.com, the domain was created in 2000 but was last edited on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 which is likely when Microsoft acquired the domain name. There's no word on who owned the URL prior to Microsoft and there's no indication that the company filed a protest against that previous owner. That could mean Microsoft simply offered that person or group some money to buy the "Xbone.com" domain name.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the head of Xbox Live programming at Microsoft, wrote a message board post on the NeoGAF forums a few days ago that expressed his opinion of the "Xbone" term:

I don't like it...it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it's cheeky but I don't care for it myself.

The company filed protests against the owners of XboxOne.com and Xbox1.com earlier and was able to win the rights to Xboxone.com and Xboxone.net, along with Xbox1.com.

Source: Domaintools.com via Fusible | Image via Microsoft

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It may be cheeky and disrespectful, but those who used the term felt that MS's terms of use were the same.

Personally I heard a lot of people using the term in a positive way but sure let's paint everybody the same

The US Air Force's B-1B is called "The Bone" by its operators. Its just how the words connect, B_one = bone. I see nothing degrading to calling it the Xbone. Hell, I'd custom paint one with crossbones.

"Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, the head of Xbox Live programming at Microsoft, wrote a message board post on the NeoGAF forums a few days ago that expressed his opinion of the "Xbone" term:"

Henceforth it shall only ever be referred to as "Xbone" from now until Ragnarok.

Hahaha xBONE hahah that looks terrible. I agree with MS on that one. bad name =P but best to buy it to stop other people from using it.

Naming the console Xbox One is as bad as the Xbox 360.
Misleading, non-consistent, illogical, unprofessional, non-user-friendly-breaked-down-ecosystem. So this name also will get the shame and mocking, that naturally and genuinely deserves. Try to dig it "Major Nelson", as i predict it will get a lot of it during its lifespan. And maybe MS as a whole, should finally understand that forcing 'things' on us (xbone & win8 related), will backfire in many ways!...learn to like or listen to your users, cause this is how it will go!

Edited by tomasse, Sep 12 2013, 1:09pm :

I can play with my Xbone all night.
My girlfriend was feeling down, so I gave her my Xbone.
My Xbone overheats when played with for a long time.
I hope I don't go blind playing with my Xbone.

DarkNet said,
I can play with my Xbone all night.
My girlfriend was feeling down, so I gave her my Xbone.
My Xbone overheats when played with for a long time.
I hope I don't go blind playing with my Xbone.

thanks for your honest review of having an xbone. I personally have a penis,so it definitely has advantages. it wont overheat if played with it for long periods of time,and it definitely wont make you go blind by playing with it,because I still have perfect vision.

vcfan said,

thanks for your honest review of having an xbone. I personally have a penis,so it definitely has advantages. it wont overheat if played with it for long periods of time,and it definitely wont make you go blind by playing with it,because I still have perfect vision.


Nothing wrong in keeping the mood here light. His was sarcasm

vcfan said,

thanks for your honest review of having an xbone. I personally have a penis,so it definitely has advantages. it wont overheat if played with it for long periods of time,and it definitely wont make you go blind by playing with it,because I still have perfect vision.

I know we tend to disagree a lot but this really was just meant to be silly. No hard feelings towards you in any way.

DarkNet said,

I know we tend to disagree a lot but this really was just meant to be silly. No hard feelings towards you in any way.

youre so darn cute,arent you? yes you are.

vcfan said,
thanks for your honest review of having an xbone. I personally have a penis

You're saying having one precludes having the other?

Silver47 said,

so it should be XBO then. Settled.

I have been calling it XBO since the day we all got to know the name.

Recently, I have seen a MS guy (Albert I think) calling it XBO too.

This term is much better than x1, xb1,xo and (the idiotic) xbone.

Jason Stillion said,

Then it can be confused with the original Xbox.

I guess, I've only ever heard the first Xbox called either "Xbox" or "Original Xbox"

McKay said,

I guess, I've only ever heard the first Xbox called either "Xbox" or "Original Xbox"

The term Xbox is now very generic/non-specific. I have heard it called as original xbox as well.