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

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Posted on July 7, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong 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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