If you’ve been keeping an eye on this year’s next-gen battle between Sony and Microsoft, you’ve probably seen the phrase “Xbone” bandied about quite often.
The term is a condensed version of the name for the Xbox One, yet the real meaning behind it is based on the company’s unpopular early restrictive policies for the console–hence some members of the community felt as if Microsoft was “boning” the gaming sphere.
Over on NeoGAF, Xbox’s Major Nelson recently responded to a question that asked him how he felt about the Xbone phrase.
Naturally Hryb found it to be in bad taste and a bit derogatory, and he feels that it “disrespects” the team who has spent quite some time crafting the Xbox One:
“I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.”
In the last few months Microsoft has made drastic changes to the Xbox One’s policies, tailoring it to popular demand and molding it to meet the desires of the community.
Despite their efforts, the phrase is still commonly used on a daily basis.
Not everyone who uses it is trying to be “cheeky” or take a shot at the console, however: it’s a quick and recognizable way to refer to the Xbox One, which is helpful in posts on social media networks like Twitter.
Interestingly enough, a quick WhoIs search reveals that Microsoft has just acquired the domain name Xbone.com, which may be a direct parallel to Major Nelson’s feelings on the term.
While it’s possible that Microsoft may use the site in some way, its equally possible that they purchased the domain to take it off the market, somewhat reducing the phrases somewhat scathing mark on the internet.