We know that inside Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One game console it will have a system-on-a-chip hardware co-designed by AMD. But what about the outside design for the console, Kinect sensor and controller? Today, Microsoft offered up a little more information on how they came up with the designs behind the Xbox One.
In a new Xbox Wire blog post, along with a new YouTube video, Xbox design team members revealed that the color of the main Xbox One console, along with the Kinect sensor and the controller, is called "liquid black" which it says is the "blackest black creatable" for a molded resin. Microsoft states:
The console and Kinect sensor are liquid black so they melt into the background when being used, allowing the content on your TV to dominate the living room. The user interface is overlaid on the same shade of deep black so that the content tiles on the dashboard are more vivid and easier to navigate and interact with "dozens and dozens”.
The controller's liquid black color also allows the colored A, B, X and Y buttons to look like they are 'floating' on top of the device, according to Microsoft.
The actual design process for the Xbox One started in late 2010, with the team coming up with "dozens and dozens” of different prototypes for the main consoles, along with over 100 different designs for the new Kinect sensor and over 200 prototypes for the controller. The UI of the Xbox One's dashboard, while clearly based on the Modern interface made for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, has also been altered so that it works well with large screen televisions.