Will Microsoft call the next Xbox "Xbox 8"?

There have been a lot of rumors about the next version of Microsoft's Xbox console. Officially, the company isn't saying anything about its plans for the next Xbox and they have also said it won't be talking about it at E3 2012 in June. However, a new rumor claims that Microsoft could be thinking of an interesting name for the next hardware iteration of the Xbox.

The fan site ThisisXbox.com, citing an unnamed source that recently worked at a "well known combined Publisher and Developer", claims that Microsoft is contemplating calling the next Xbox "XBOX 8." That name certainly would be in line with Microsoft's other big product launches for 2012; namely Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

The same story claims that Microsoft is working on an enhanced version of Xbox Live, code named "Infinity", that would handle downloads and apps for "XBOX 8", Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has already announced that Xbox Live will be integrated into Windows 8 when it launches later this year but details about that integration have yet to be announced.

Finally, this same story claims that Microsoft is working on having some kind of backwards compatibility feature for "Xbox 8" for Xbox 360 games, under the code name "Xbox Loop".

None of this is official, so take it with a huge grain of salt. However, Microsoft has admitted that it is making an effort to link many of its products together, especially with its Metro interface, so this rumor isn't outside the realm of possibility.

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lmfao!!! What are you people on?! Seriously Xbox 2 / 3 / 8 / 720 whatever number it makes no difference!!!

Like anyone is going to call it anything but "xbox"

Id only care if it was to be called something like Zbox, numbers at the end of the name make little to no difference.

Even Wii U, is the same. It,ll be known as the "wii" about 3-6months after launch, just as this will be xbox.

tying next gen xbox to not one, but two dead on arrival platforms. nice move, microsoft. you deserve what's coming.

Hopefully the new XBOX Live will implement the "buy once play everywhere".

Its unacceptable to charge you three times for the same game if you want to play it in PC, Xbox and Phone.

Of course I am talking about the XBOX Arcade games like classic Sonic games etc. It is more than obvious we will still have to pay twice for regular XBOX games and PC Games.

Xbox Infinity sounds like it could be legit. "Infinity" was the first thing I thought of when I saw the symbol 8 (as opposed the number eight). Too bad Comcast already has Xfinity! That would be a good name for a console.

How silly! I can just imagine it now, people saying, "Where did the other 5 Xboxes go? The die hard rumourtards will think of anything to get the rumour mill churning

People didn't say "where did the other 359 xboxes go" when they released the 360

Tidosho said,
How silly! I can just imagine it now, people saying, "Where did the other 5 Xboxes go? The die hard rumourtards will think of anything to get the rumour mill churning

Sorry but this rumour is just stupid. They're called Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 because they're the 8th version of each. Calling the next Xbox, Xbox 8 would just be pure fail.

I could perhaps see them flipping an 8 on it's side (ie. the infinity symbol) but It's not going to be called Xbox 8, no way.

TCLN Ryster said,
Sorry but this rumour is just stupid. They're called Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 because they're the 8th version of each. Calling the next Xbox, Xbox 8 would just be pure fail.

I could perhaps see them flipping an 8 on it's side (ie. the infinity symbol) but It's not going to be called Xbox 8, no way.


Actutally Windows Phone 8 is the second major version of Windows phone..not the 8th.

Microsoft may want to hold off on that. It's possible that after windows 8 is released Microsoft might try to distance themselves as far as possible from anything ending in 8.

warwagon said,

Microsoft may want to hold off on that. It's possible that after windows 8 is released Microsoft might try to distance themselves as far as possible from anything ending in 8.

Very true. I cannot imagine the next version of Windows being anything like 8 (hopefully).

Gornot said,

Very true. I cannot imagine the next version of Windows being anything like 8 (hopefully).

Yeah, it'll be even more metro'ish in Windows 9. Seriously, if people think MS is going to go back on this new UI shift I have to say they're dreaming.

GP007 said,

Yeah, it'll be even more metro'ish in Windows 9. Seriously, if people think MS is going to go back on this new UI shift I have to say they're dreaming.

Exactly, Windows 9 will be a refinement of 8 just as 7 was a refinement of Vista.

The Laughing Man said,
Are they even trying?

Well, the idea behind calling it the 360 and not the Xbox 2 made sense for the most part. I think that "8" might not be a number and could be the "infinity" symbol maybe? That is if you believe the rest of this rumor at all.

Whatever the next Xbox's name is it won't be a number though, that's for sure.