Take a Look at All The Different Names the Xbox Could Have Had

Before there was such a thing as the Xbox, Microsoft pursued many different names before finally settling upon the Xbox. For some reason or another, most, if not all of these names were in the form of acronyms.

In an interview with Seamus Blackley of the original Xbox team, Edge Magazine was given a full list of names that could have been used to name the console. Take a look:

MAX (Microsoft Action Experience)
AIO (All In One)
MIND (Microsoft Interactive Network Device)
FACE (Full Action Center)
MITH (Microsoft Interactive Theatre)
XON (Experience Optimised Network)
MVPC (Microsoft Virtual Play Center)
TAC (Total Action Center – discs/games could be called TACs)
MARC (Microsoft Action Reality Center)
LEX (Live Entertainment Experience)
M-PAC (Microsoft Play and Action Center)
RPM (Real Performance Machine)
MOX (Microsoft Optimal Experience)
E2 (Extreme Experience)
MTG (Microsoft Total Gaming)
VIP (Virtual Interactive Player)
PTP or P2P (Powered To Play)
VIC (Virtual Interactive Center – disks/games could be called VICs)
MARZ (Microsoft Active Reality Zone)
TSO (Three, Six, Zero)
EHQ (Entertainment Headquarters)
O2 (Optimal Ozone or Optical Odyssey)
MIC (Microsoft Interactive Center)
R&R (Reality and Revolution)
MEA (Microsoft Entertainment Activator)
AMP (Active Microsoft Player)
VPS (Virtual Play System)
MAP (Microsoft Action Play)
MEGA (Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Attendant or Microsoft Entertainment & Gaming Assembly)
CPG (CyberPlayGround)
VERV (Virtual Entertainment & Reality Venture)
OM (Odyssey of the Mind)
P2 (PowerPlay)
IS1 (Interactive System In One)
MET (Microsoft Entertainment Technology or Microsoft Entertainment Theatre)

Do you think we’re better off with the Xbox, or would you have preferred one of the acronyms above? Granted, we would’ve gotten used to any of the names above given time—just as we’ve gotten used to the Nintendo Wii—but it’s hard to think that the Xbox could’ve achieved its success as anything else.

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8 Comments on Take a Look at All The Different Names the Xbox Could Have Had


On July 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

O2 sounds like a good one. Leaves it open for the next versions being called O3, O4, so on. They’d have to keep thinking up words, though.

Adam Sklar

On July 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

I’m surprised they didn’t even consider Infinity, that’s probably better than all of these.


On July 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

They should have combined a few and called it the MAX MIND FACE.


On July 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I still find it amusing if you look at the REALLY early design candidates Microsoft was considering, and one of them was a sphere. Doubtful they had decided on “X-Box” at the time but it would have been interesting to buy a ball named box. Although, if the had gone through with it and continued with it X-box 360 would have made a lot of sense almost)


On July 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Artificially Limited Entertainment Center (ALEC). Microsoft could have sold its own mod chips which would upgrade it a SmartALEC.


On July 7, 2013 at 9:32 pm

most of it was nonsense or just didnt fit enough or at all but MEGA was actually quite a good one…(the 2nd option more then the 1st but either works)

yea.. thats a cool one


On July 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Look at the list of dumb names and then look at that cool logo. They should have just gone with X. Just X. Nothing more. It’s all about the X factor.


On July 8, 2013 at 2:22 am

They should have called it OHOYR – Obediently Hand Over Your Rights.