The new Xbox had rumors piling up the roof about it's name until it's announcement. The Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity and simply 'Xbox' were all on the cards.
In the end, the name 'Xbox One' was officially chosen by Microsoft. Since the name isn't chronologically sensible, Microsoft felt they should explain their idea behind behind the name...
Jeff Henshaw of Microsoft:
"The original Xbox was just the 'Xbox', it wasn't 'One'. But this vernacular formed where people referred to it as the Xbox. Even today during interviews, I've slipped."
"It only takes a little while before you realize what's going on underneath that name. There's something very powerful about it. Xbox One really embodies the concept that this is the first device, the combination of this very powerful console that brings all its eight cores, 8GB of RAM, super fast memory, super powerful SoC we built, super powerful dedicated audio and video processing subsystems."
"There's incredible power in this device, married with the next generation of Kinect for really enabling those subtle interactions between you and your entertainment."
The name Jeff, the name...
"Xbox One is really the embodiment that this becomes one device that addresses all the entertainment that you want to enjoy on your TV, and brings it to you in a way that's so simple, that it can be the only input you have connected through your television. It is truly the one place to go for all this."
"So One ends up being a deeply meaningful thing to us here. It's almost a bar that we are striving to achieve, and I think we nailed it really well with the Xbox One."
So the One was chosen to make it very clear how much Microsoft want to own your living room; One box to rule them all.
"The thing you have to bear in mind, is that if you look at the original Xbox, the experiences have grown to become so dramatically rich and different. There's no resemblance anymore between the two. You can't confuse them in any way. So when people say 'Xbox One,' it's going to be reflective of this new generation of experiences. I really don't think there's going to be any confusion."
So, we as gamers of course have the final say in all of this. Did you ever call the first Xbox the "Xbox 1"? Are you likely to confuse the system people are talking about now with one that's 12 years old?
More Importantly, how successful do you think Microsoft will be in making the Xbox One the centre of the living room? Tell us your thoughts below!