Microsoft grabs Xbox FL domains

Redmond, Washington-based Xbox maker picks up Web address related to Xbox FL; domains redirect to Microsoft's search engine Bing.

Rumors from mystery sources about the next Xbox have been swirling as of late, but now Microsoft itself has added to the rumor mill. As spotted by Fusible, Microsoft has acquired the domain names www.XboxFL.com and www.XboxFL.net.

What might an Xbox FL be?

Both domain names redirect users to a Web search for "Xbox FL" through Microsoft's Bing search engine. As of press time, Microsoft had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Earlier this week, blogger MS Nerd suggested Microsoft was preparing a stripped-down Xbox, which would run Arcade games and Kinect apps and retail for around $100.

For more on speculation concerning the next-generation Xbox, check out GameSpot's rumor roundup feature.

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83 comments
FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Well, we know it's not "Fully Loaded".....

badiie05
badiie05

I guess we gotta wait and see what this FL means.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@istuffedsunny Looking back, I can see how you thought that comment was relevant. I'm sure now you can understand why it will be downvoted to oblivion. On topic: Are they suggesting the next Xbox will be called the FL? ಠ_ಠ

user_pt
user_pt

@Quandry sunabouzu is awesome

Quandry
Quandry

@User_pt Love Desert Punk!!!!!

kairikh
kairikh

why is xbox making florida look bad

daub11
daub11

so does this mean that x-box will be no more....... nooooooooooooooo.

Lamesy
Lamesy

XboxFML Yeah, F your L if you're a casual gamer in the market for an Xbox. You're in the wrong market!

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

XBox FL = XBox Fun or Lame (Fun for little kids and Lame for gamers)

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

The first thing I think of when i hear FL is Fruity Loops, but Microsoft isn't cool enough to put a music production software on their system. Would be awesome though.

RikusTwilight
RikusTwilight

Maybe it means Xbox Future Light? Whereas the full one will be called Xbox Future?

demonic_85
demonic_85

Since it's a stripped down version should be called FTL (For the Loss).

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Anyway, even "FL" doesn't actually means anything, it is a strange choice. E.g., "XBOX Lite" would suite it much better. I can't come with anything else but "F**king Life" with "FL".

wexorian
wexorian

Tommorow is Aprill fool !!! or what ever :D

TacticaI
TacticaI

:lol: "Fully Loaded"? I'd love to be in the board meeting where the genius who suggests that name gets sent home for the rest of the day.

Foxhound71
Foxhound71

The names everyone here is coming up with makes me think the "FL" should stand for nothing. Seriously... please stop.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Saw Kinect camera used @ 1/2 price yesterday... I was tempted - well for about 2 nano seconds - my Move controllers are thick of dust so no thanx MS/Sony/Nintendo I'll stick to control pads/sticks :P.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Motion Gaming sucks. 'Nuff said.

JasPlun
JasPlun

As long as it does not support Kinect I may buy one. I HATE MOTION GAMING!!!! I either want a mouse and keyboard or a controller I am used too that is it, now make some bad ass games for me to immerse myself in and I will be plenty happy.

user_pt
user_pt

@liquidgold great, you are a GAMER and you are proud of it. good for you! now, I did agree with some things you said, and I reminded you that some flaws you pointed at the ps3 are also present in the xbox (I won't say it again, they are in my first comment). the only thing I completely agreed with you was that psn doesn't have a chat service. but since psn is free, I guess that's somewhat fair. you say you wanted to remind ps3 fans here that it isn't that good. you talked some trash about the ps3. I reminded you that what you said isn't, as well, entirely true either (again, my other comment clearly states why), and that some things you said about the ps3 can also be applied to the xbox. I'm not trying to starting an arguement over which console is the best, its pointless and here at gamespot I think everyone is tired of those, but you can't deny that your first comment wasn't fair at all. and thank you for your concern, my day has been fairly good, I trust you are having a good day as well?

juggernaut5
juggernaut5

cant be more stripped then the ps2 look at how long the ps2 lived even after 360 and ps3 this might be something good. less dev costs. cheaper games more fun.

SHADOSTRYKR
SHADOSTRYKR

it stands for Xbox FLop, cuz its gonna flop in sales cuz who wants a stripped down xbox that can only play kinect and arcade?

jayjay444
jayjay444

xbox FL... xbox final legacy

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

Xbox FL ...?? OH I know Xbox For Losers thats fits it just fine

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Let's hope its an actual promoted hardcore video game console and not a Kinect-Arcade-Social Media player. Regardless it will get sales and the news sites will love Microsoft and gaming will hit new lows. Where is Pachter analyzing the estimated gaming crash when you need him?

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

just when I was getting used to the 720..FL huh, heh not bad

SHADOSTRYKR
SHADOSTRYKR

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

If I ever start wondering if mankind will "make it", all I have to do is read some stupid fanboy comments (both ways) on Gamespot. Yeah, then I see hope. #sarcasm

drswank
drswank

Man...the comments here really bring out the dregs of society.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

The first thing I think of is Xbox Football League, which sounds more likely than anything else being tossed around. Sorry for the pun.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

MarcJL31 yes the advertisements on the dashboard are very dumb

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

all i know as im happy my 360 is still going to be around till at least the end of 2013 im happy that Microsoft is holding back on a new game console saves me cash

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@ruser_pt Really kid im a fanboy. I own a amstard 486, amstard gx4000, nes, snes , mega drive, dreamcast, n64, ps2, ps3,xbox ,xbox360, and a PC. Soon I will get the wiiU when it comes out. you what that makes me a GAMER. As for your other comments, you basically agreed on over half what I said lol. So no my comments wasn't a fail. Accounts hacked vs achievements lost, no comparison. An all those people got their gamer score back any way. The game-pad comment, you get hand cramp with the ps3 pads its a fact.. An as for why I wrote those comments. I read the article scrolled down read the comments an was mostly ps3 fanboys talking trash. So I thought i would remind them a little about their console they love so much. Enjoy your day.

the_requiem
the_requiem

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MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Xbox Fully Loaded? Either way, I know MS wants to keep adding all these "features" and stuff but I wish my Gold subscription would go to things I actually cared about. I don't need all the ESPN and tv exclusives. I bought a 360 for the games. MS has only a few good 360 exclusives. Take the money and build up on that. Early DLC content and such really does not mean as much as they think. And yes it is only minor but if we pay for gold, we could do without the advertisement on the dashboard (which in itself looks great but functionality works worse than before). I am currently happy with this gen in terms of games and such but hope next gen we see more in terms of quality of games. And hopefully not the inevitable price increase to $70 a game for less content.

np236
np236

I just really hope they pop out the new generation of consoles soons so ports to PC get slightly less shotty.