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Will the Next Microsoft Console Be Called Xbox Infinity?

By - Source: Joystiq | B 82 comments

A recent domain name sweep by Microsoft suggests that the next console may be called Xbox Infinity.

There's speculation that the next console from Microsoft will be called Xbox Infinity. This seemingly verifies the Xbox "Loop" description seen in a leaked Microsoft roadmap uncovered last year. It revealed the "Loop" making an official reveal during E3 2013 next year, followed by an actual product launch later on during Build 2013.

News of the possible Xbox Infinity name arrives by way of the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) which handles international business disputes. Cheng Juan of China reportedly scooped up numerous Xbox-related domain names such as xboxcompanion.com, xboxlivetv.com, xboxphone.com, and xboxtablet.com. Included in the batch was xbox8.org and xbox8.us.

Microsoft filed the complaints to retrieve the domains in May.

"Complainant argues that Respondent has engaged in a pattern of registering infringing domain names and that, as such, Respondent has registered the <xbox8.us> domain name in bad faith," reads one of the complaints. "Complainant argues that Respondent has been known by a different name and has been involved in a prior UDRP decision under that name."

"Complainant also asserts that Respondent has registered domain names that infringe upon other trademark owner’s trademark rights and that such registrations are further evidence of Respondent’s bad faith in the current instance," the complaint adds.

On June 25, the NAF ordered the domains to be transferred over to Microsoft (more). Now there's speculation that Microsoft will actually put domains like xboxlivetv.com and xboxphone.com to good use. As for the Xbox8 domains, it's presumed that the number is an infinite symbol on its side -- an infinite loop. However we're betting the final logo won't have the infinite symbol on its side -- that would just be too confusing.

As Joystiq points out, Microsoft already began integrating Xbox Live -- along with the Xbox name -- into all of its consumer products including Windows 8. Meanwhile, Microsoft has fired off an official statement regarding the domain acquisition, reporting that it "often acquires various domain names as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment."

Just last month, a 56-page document dating back to mid-2010 was leaked, containing plans for the "Xbox 720." The upcoming console showed that it would utilize the new Xbox SmartGlass system and new hardware for an integrated Kinect system. Typically the industry has referred to the upcoming console by the "720" name.

The latest domain name acquisition is probably one of the first instances that backs up the "Loop" name found in Microsoft's leaked roadmap last year. Why tag the console with the "Infinity" label? Will there be heavy cloud gaming involved? We're definitely eager to see what Microsoft has planned.

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    eric4277 , July 4, 2012 12:25 PM
    nice ass
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    back_by_demand , July 4, 2012 11:12 AM
    Steam are doing great things where you can buy a game and play it on Mac or PC, Linux coming soon.

    So how epic would it be if you bought an Xbox game, then logged into your PC and played it there too, then moved onto your tablet or phone. Buy once, play anywhere. Do that and you have a world beating product.
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    flowingbass , July 4, 2012 10:16 AM
    They can name it whatever they want as long as they equip it with impressive hardware.
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  • 20 Hide
    flowingbass , July 4, 2012 10:16 AM
    They can name it whatever they want as long as they equip it with impressive hardware.
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    Maxor127 , July 4, 2012 10:43 AM
    Anything is better than calling it Xbox 720.
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    AidanJC , July 4, 2012 10:46 AM
    Why not Xbox 2010? -.-

    That's what it seems like =\
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    s3anister , July 4, 2012 11:04 AM
    Dayum. They should use a model like that for advertising and call it the xxxbox
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    back_by_demand , July 4, 2012 11:12 AM
    Steam are doing great things where you can buy a game and play it on Mac or PC, Linux coming soon.

    So how epic would it be if you bought an Xbox game, then logged into your PC and played it there too, then moved onto your tablet or phone. Buy once, play anywhere. Do that and you have a world beating product.
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    molo9000 , July 4, 2012 11:24 AM
    flowingbassThey can name it whatever they want as long as they equip it with impressive hardware.

    There is not going to be a significant difference in performance between the next xbox and the next playstation.
    Slight hardware differences don't sell consoles. The PS3 has the most impressive hardware in the current generation, but the difference is marginal and games look almost identical on PS3 and xbox360.

    I think the only real selling point of the xbox360 was the lower hardware price. (and then people pay for xbox live.....)
    The PS3 got outsold despite having better hardware, better exclusives and free online play.
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    darkchazz , July 4, 2012 11:44 AM
    Very nice! O.O
    What's this article about again ?
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    HEXiT , July 4, 2012 11:51 AM
    maybe they can call it the NeXbox... they need to do something coz 720 is just a cop out.
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    rhangman , July 4, 2012 12:07 PM
    Are they planning on it being their last console? Or will the follow up be the Xbox Infinity+1?
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    eric4277 , July 4, 2012 12:25 PM
    nice ass
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    Anonymous , July 4, 2012 12:33 PM
    I love how you people keep saying the ps3 has better hardware. It doesn't a 1 core processor is not more powerful then a 3 core processor. The games rendered in higher resolutions on the Xbox prove this. I own a PS3 and an Xbox and this isnt a fan boy post. IMO they both suck and i like my PC better. but when 9 times out of 10 the Xbox runs at higher resolutions that should clue you people in.
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    alexmx , July 4, 2012 12:37 PM
    rhangmanAre they planning on it being their last console? Or will the follow up be the Xbox Infinity+1?


    They can alway call it New Xbox, you know?

    j/k,
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    belardo , July 4, 2012 12:41 PM
    It wont be called XBOX 720.... just like the 360 wasn't the Xbox 2.

    It will be a different name, whatever. How about "Xbox Win8 fail"?
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    john_4 , July 4, 2012 12:46 PM
    Who cares, lets see more of the xbox girl.
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    belardo , July 4, 2012 12:47 PM
    molo9000The PS3 got outsold despite having better hardware, better exclusives and free online play.

    The PS3 was never out-sold... nor is it a failure. It was always the cheaper console (in the long run) because the standard PS3 features were OPTIONAL add-ons... such as the HD ($130~200), Wireless WIFI ($90), memory cards, Wireles joysticks, HD-DVD player ($200).

    But you need to remember, the PS3 came out 1 year after the Xbox360 which had a 7million unit lead. That lead continues to this day pretty much. Was the 360 a failure when when had 14million units and PS3 had 7? Was the 360 a failure when they hit 21million units and the PS3 passed 15million?

    Keep in mind also, until about 22~25million units, many of the early 360s have died. Many 360 owners are on their 3~5th units... go ahead and count the UPGRADED models and many many 360 owners would upgrade to the newer model to reduce the chances of getting RODD.
    With a failure rate of 33%+ that means millions of 360s have lone since been retired or sold to 3rd world countries.

    In case you don't know... many refurbs ends up in the black/grey market.
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    elcentral , July 4, 2012 12:50 PM
    xbox got ps3 allot cus of the ram for the gpu and cpu, hi rez textures demand higer ram. i owned a ps3 but before lunch when the spec showed up i instantly realised the ram would cripple the ps3. and if you dont belive me look up game commentaries about how they built the games for consoles. 5 of em i`we seen for multi platforms they talk about one hell of a time cramming in the game to the ps3 to fit the ram limit. i hope the next gen consoles will atleast do 1080p sold my ps3 10 titels in its game library and non had above 720p.
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    Filiprino , July 4, 2012 1:24 PM
    PS3 didn't have better hardware. They had an overpriced CPU with a mediocre GPU compared to Xbox 360 GPU. On top of that you have to add Blu-Ray costs that in 2006 were also sky high and a bigger HDD (60GB vs 20 GB of the Xbox).

    Ah... and for next gen consoles expect more mechanical hard disk drives, obviously with more space, but you won't get any SSD goodness, you can think of some sort of cache but nothing more.
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    soldier37 , July 4, 2012 1:27 PM
    flowingbassThey can name it whatever they want as long as they equip it with impressive hardware.

    Really? Impressive to who 12-17 yr olds? My PC already drives circles around the next gen now not to mention how much it will a year from now since I upgrade every year with the top end hardware. Next gen on consoles isnt next gen. If developers would build games on the PC first then port to consoles life would be so much better in the gaming world.
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    belardo , July 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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    If developers would build games on the PC first then port to consoles life would be so much better in the gaming world.

    LOL.... not going to happen. When a TOP selling game may sell 1 million on the PC market (not including the 2~5million pirate copies from people who wouldnt have bought the game anyway) vs. selling 20~60million copies on the two consoles... The developers are going to do consoles first... and make the PC an after thought.

    Microsoft themselves PROVES this point very well. hence, other than MS-Office, who needs a Windows computer?
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    freggo , July 4, 2012 1:42 PM
    I smell a law suit in the making... Xbox Infinity vs. Comcast Eyefinity . . . Definitely !
    :-)
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