30 June 2020
Last week, Microsoft surprised everyone by showcasing its next-gen gaming console at 2019 Game Awards. It revealed the completed design of the console as well as the official name i.e. Xbox Series X. It is the latter that got people confused and many did not even like the name. Microsoft has now offered a clarification through Business Insider and has revealed that the next-gen console generation is simply named 'Xbox'.
If you are still finding the naming scheme confusing, let us explain further. Microsoft has said that 'Xbox' is the name for the whole generation and 'Series X' is essentially the name of the model. This has been done as it leaves room for the time to release other models if it plans to. It makes sense as Microsoft is already rumored to be working on a disc-less Xbox variant for next year.
Here is the official statement from the Microsoft representative:
"The name we're carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox. And at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X. Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations, the name 'Xbox Series X' allows room for additional consoles in the future."
This new scheme is pretty much similar to what Microsoft did with the Xbox One generation. It started off by releasing the Xbox One console in 2013 and followed that up with Xbox One S and Xbox One X launches. Most recently, it unveiled Xbox One S All-Digital edition that is essentially an Xbox One S without physical disc support.
So all in all, Microsoft's next-gen console generation is called 'Xbox' and 'Series X' is a model number. It means do expect more models joining the series in the future.