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So, as we're all aware of by now, Microsoft has recently revealed the look and name of their next gaming system: the Xbox Series X. The demo footage looked great, but the name...well it has inspired me to write this brief little thread highlighting the different ways the different companies name their systems.

Both Microsoft and Nintendo name their systems for philosophically key features. But Microsoft always tries to be cool with their console names and I think comes off as corporate as a result. Nintendo on the other hand goes for geeky, offbeat names these days (GameCube, Wii, Switch) that clearly aren't aiming for the cool factor. I think people tend to find the latter more endearing.

Sony, on the other hand, I find honestly to be the least pretentious. They just lazily number their systems. I like that. They're not trying to be gimmicky and competitive about it is my take on that.
That is all. Not a biggie, but I do think there is something in a name. Just my thoughts on the subject.



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Dreamcast is the best console name ever. Dreams broadcast. Followed by Gamecube and Switch. I don't know what Wonderswan meant but I liked the name. I like SEGA Saturn tho it told you nothing about the system. Genesis a cool name. Xbox has always had a terrible name. Xbox came in the era everything had an X or Xtreme in the title. Cringeworthy really. Funny thing is Xbox is not MS first console or with an X in the title. That was MSX in the 80s and top it off Metal Gear series debut was on a MS console.

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Sony was definitely able to build PlayStation into a consistent brand. People clearly understand that a PS5 is supposed to be more advanced than a PS4 which is supposed to be more advanced than a PS3, and so on. But Sony has more experience than either MS or Nintendo on thet front. You pretty much knew what you were going to get with a Walkman or a Trinitron.

Nintendo should have probably kept Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom as a brand for its console line. Say "Ultra Famicom" or "Ultra NES" for the N64, as an example.

Microsoft was generally all over the place with their naming until Windows 7. Vista really came back to bite them. Windows 8 was so bad that they skipped pas 9 to 10.



I think the number after PlayStation works perfectly for it. It sounds good. Looks good. And they're at no risk of a "WiiU" situation. 

But the idea of something like "Nintendo 3" sounds a bit weird to me. Maybe I would get used to it, but I think they went in the right direction with how they name their systems. But it can be hit or miss.

For Xbox, I think the same numerical naming system PlayStation uses would suit it really well.
Xbox 1, Xbox 2, Xbox 3, Xbox 4, etc.

But I suppose that was never a good option for them, because PlayStation would always be one number higher than the Xbox. And even if you only lose out on one sale because of that, when a parent is looking at which console to buy for their kid, and picks PlayStation 3 over Xbox 2, it's probably not worth it.

As for the name of their next Xbox Series X, I'm not sure what to think.
But there's an emphasis on an X again. So it can look similar to Xbox One X.

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MS doesn't want to do simple numbers, because they'd have to have a lower number than PS. So, they choose more creative names. They don't do a great job of it, but they try.

Maybe they should call the next one XBox 6, just to be ahead of Sony. Or, they could just count up every significant hardware revision, and call it the XB 10 (or whatever the number would be).



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XB has had a tough time with names. OG XB was no different than OG PS, and 360 was worthy, but after that it all went downhill.

To me they are trying to incorporate last gen as much as possible, while trying to be able to easily distinguish between the X, and potential whY model soon to come, while also laying out a naming scheme that can last the test of time. Series blank, isn't much different than model blank. Like model S, E, X, and Y, from Tesla. It's easy and simple, and can be done in a way that's 'BC' and 'FC' throughout the 'gens'.

The problem is they're trying to incorporate too much into the name all at once, and it's very corporate sounding, because it's based more so on corporate thinking. Easy and clear? Yes. Cool and hip? No.

A good gaming name is laid back and/or casual sounding, not business and corporate. It's even better if it can be fairly legitimately tied to the gaming experience.



Hiku said:

But the idea of something like "Nintendo 3" sounds a bit weird to me. Maybe I would get used to it, but I think they went in the right direction with how they name their systems. But it can be hit or miss.

It probably wouldn't have been "Nintendo 3" though. I mean, it's the Playstation 3, not the Sony 3

Would NES3 sound so bad though? Although to be honest if they were going to use a numerical naming system I think the Gamecube would have been the best place to start that. I mean, who wouldn't want a Gamecube 2, 3, 4 etc.?



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Ka-pi96 said:
Hiku said:

But the idea of something like "Nintendo 3" sounds a bit weird to me. Maybe I would get used to it, but I think they went in the right direction with how they name their systems. But it can be hit or miss.

It probably wouldn't have been "Nintendo 3" though. I mean, it's the Playstation 3, not the Sony 3

Would NES3 sound so bad though? Although to be honest if they were going to use a numerical naming system I think the Gamecube would have been the best place to start that. I mean, who wouldn't want a Gamecube 2, 3, 4 etc.?

Oh yeah, you're right. At that time it was Nintendo Entertainment System, or Famicom.

NES 3 sounds a bit better to me.
I like Famicom 3 though. Gamecube as well, but maybe they wouldn't want to keep the 'cube' part depending on the design.



Ka-pi96 said:
Hiku said:

But the idea of something like "Nintendo 3" sounds a bit weird to me. Maybe I would get used to it, but I think they went in the right direction with how they name their systems. But it can be hit or miss.

It probably wouldn't have been "Nintendo 3" though. I mean, it's the Playstation 3, not the Sony 3

Would NES3 sound so bad though? Although to be honest if they were going to use a numerical naming system I think the Gamecube would have been the best place to start that. I mean, who wouldn't want a Gamecube 2, 3, 4 etc.?

The Gamecube was a failure though, they probably didn't want to be associated with that. They tried to stick to the Wii-branding a bit. Maybe Switch can be the starting point.

It doesn't have always to be numbers either. The NES was followed by the Super NES (or Super Famicom). I think that is also pretty clear. You have some steps, like Mega, Ultra and so on too. As I am a technical nerd, I would go with SI-prefixes. The Mega Switch. Followed by the Giga Switch. Followed by the Tera Switch!

Dreamcast by the way is the best console name ever.

And yeah, what Microsoft does is just confusing. Well, they stick with their brand Xbox, but it is very difficult to guess the order if you only hear the names. The most likely order would be: Xbox One, Xbox, Xbox 360. And Series X fits nowhere.



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There is something in a name, adding numbers isnt a way to show it.
Numbers can make a product feel old in comparison to something with a unique name.

Names like Dreamcast, Xbox 360, Gamecube, N64 etc to someone that doesnt know the age of those systems will believe there recent compared to a PS2 which is soon to be 3 numbers behind the current system.

I for one support creative names, it makes a system feel unique and special compared to lets say a iPhone 3 or Samsung S4 etc. Numbers are easy however it ages the previous models considerably and makes people believe you just need the latest one.

Anyway thats my take.