Microsoft reveals Xbox One prototypes

Xbox One prototypes placed in lounge rooms to indicate how they would look in a real-world setting; company trialled more than 200 controller mock-ups.

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Microsoft has taken the wraps off some of the design process and prototype looks for its upcoming Xbox One console.

Xbox creative director Carl Ledbetter discussed the journey to the final look and feel of the console as part of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, as reported by Polygon.

"We wanted to make it simple and elegant, and we wanted it to be crafted and tailored, so it's all about quality," Ledbetter said. "Using those principles, we started to design."

The process involved a team of 30 staff creating initial sketches, which were then turned into physical prototypes. Those models were then put in situ, placed in lounge rooms to give the team an indication of how the devices would look alongside other consumer electronics.

"The design you see here," Ledbetter said, showing the final Xbox One unit, "this is where we start to apply things like gloss and matte finishes. How does the vent pattern look? How does the brand come through the front? How do we make the font look high quality, just like the high-definition televisions in people's living rooms?"

The creative director also revealed that Microsoft created more than 200 prototypes for its new Xbox One controller, with users able to discern minute differences between different configurations. "We found that, when people put these in their hands, [they] could tell the difference between a 10th of a millimetre in size," Ledbetter said.

The Xbox One is scheduled to go on sale this November.

Discussion

187 comments
Stasiss13
Stasiss13

They had a bunch of concepts and ideas and then decided to make it look like a VCR.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

"We wanted to make it simple and elegant, [subliminal messaging engaged: please please please focus on it looking simple and elegant and not everything else we are screwing up. message concluded] and we wanted it to be crafted and tailored, so it's all about quality..."

Gatman32
Gatman32

I don't give a Shit what it looks, it's not a car that you're driving around. The damn thing sits underneath your tv! It looks just like my blu ray player and my receiver that sits underneath there.

Lytnin
Lytnin

Now if they can just design some games for it....


instigator81
instigator81

I just wish they would have integrated the Kinect into the system itself.  But that may have cause more issues.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Wow, I'd give the X1 design about a 6/10. I like a few things, it could be a lot better, but it's a bit bland. These however, man they make the final version almost look great lol. Why flat black? Release some colors like the Wii was going to do.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

One of them sure does look like the PS4's design... Now I'm wondering if the same people designing these products pitch the same idea for other companies? Still.. Looks good as it is, but I honestly prefer the look of the Xbox Slim compared to it

poopinpat
poopinpat

On another note, I've never truly appreciated the simplicity and elegance of cardboard boxes before.

LittleSaintGoph
LittleSaintGoph

If the finished product is this bad i'd shudder to think what the prototypes are like..

SuperLegends
SuperLegends

Microsoft should have included an eye symbol right on the front of the Xbox One's final design, so it can remind me that the Kinect will be watching me.....

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Ledbetter would go on to explain the inspiration for the final design: 

"We looked at what our competitor [Sony] was focusing on in their designs and decided to emulate that. Unfortunately, we realized all too-late that we based our designs off of their Betamax line and not, in fact, the Playstation brand."

malokevi
malokevi

Some of those look like guitar cases, lol. Can't imagine they were all taken seriously. Somebody must have had some fun with this.

I like the finalized design. Will fit in nicely in the living room. Functional and stylish, awww yeaaa.

mezati4
mezati4

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh GOD SHIT EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MelvinMcSnatch
MelvinMcSnatch

It's a rectangle with curved edges. I smell a potential lawsuit from Apple.

obsequies
obsequies

and they all look like something that's already been done

Xpyder
Xpyder

which one of them did not came with kinect? that was the best one!

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

How are you supposed to tell if you've taken it out the box or not? At least they'll save on packaging.

crushbrain
crushbrain

They should have gone with a circular design for "O"ne. And then colored it red. And then put led lights on the side so companies could run ads in your living room even when the console is off. That would have been the future of gaming.

sephsplace
sephsplace

why with all the "has bigger fan" comments.... if they really cared about the sound emitted it would be water cooled

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

Xbox design review: Hmmm.... can you make it more... boxy?

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

Concept sketches of... a box? How long did that take? 5, 10 minutes?

cscarnell
cscarnell

It might look like a hi-end blu ray player than a games console but at least it has a much better cooling design than the PS4. The Xbox has a bigger fan (which should mean it rotates at a less RPM meaning a quieter console) and holes at the top.


I just wished they took advantage of that design and stuck a better GPU in there like the PS4. Microsoft you suck.

northArrow
northArrow

Instead of spending so much time designing the box you should have spent more time coming up with better policies and a marketing strategy that doesn't make you look like assholes.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

I used to draw 3d boxes all the time when bored in middle school.  Damn, if only I knew I could've have been paid to do that.

TurboGuru
TurboGuru

ya so lets make it like a box cos its called da xbox lulz, 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

So they started with a rectangle, and ended with a rectangle.

wdma
wdma

All i see is pile of shit

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

"We wanted to make it simple and elegant"

No matter what you say, the thing looks like a fridge.  

MelvinMcSnatch
MelvinMcSnatch

The sexiest part about it is that huge, slow fan that's gonna quietly keep my Xbox nice and cool, even when it's placed up against the wall.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

@Gatman32 You're exactly right, who cares what it looks like. I'm not looking to have the most stylish living room possible.

Gatman32
Gatman32

Apparently you didn't watch E3. Both Sony and Microsoft had good showings.

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

@Oozyrat I feel that the design looks great and fits into the modern family decor well...people don't want shapeship shaped systems all over the place.

MelvinMcSnatch
MelvinMcSnatch

@mezati4 Right before you climbed out of his holy pile, bud.

GweLov
GweLov

@cscarnell My .8 inch thick thinkpad has never had heating issues with just a 40mm fan with literally 2 vents and an intake. It's silent too, half the time I can't even tell if the fan is on. It gets warm playing TF2, but still not as hot as the xbox 360 I have is at times. And the ways the PS3 and PS2 have shrunk over their lifetimes is  mind boggling to me.

That being said, a laptop and a console have completely different heat and power requirements, and hardware becomes more efficient over time. The moral of the story though, is that there is a lot more to good cooling design than meets the eye. We'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@cscarnell I should hope that the X1 has a phenomenal cooling solution after the 360...

Burdman777
Burdman777

@northArrow I understand what ur saying, but in the long run the game designers will make u swallow them in spades. the closers the gaming consoles get to computers the more the polices will be the same. I give it 5 years before games are permanently locked to the user who buys and plays the game. also about the big brother using the kinect to spy on u is highly illegal. u would have to get court orders to even do it, 95% would not let it happen, it goes against the constitution., unless ur a known terrorist then it sucks to be u.

Gatman32
Gatman32

People will find the smallest thing to hate on something they don't like for the sake of hating.

Gatman32
Gatman32

Xbot? No, somebody that doesn't give a damn about the cosmetic appearance of something that has no other purpose than sitting underneath my tv.

MelvinMcSnatch
MelvinMcSnatch

@EL_Bomberdor @MelvinMcSnatch One 90mm fan. A Tiny box. Hot parts. Good luck with keeping that PS4 cool.

It will certainly be the centerpiece of your room- in that you have to give it a few feet of clear space to let it breathe properly.

I'll stick with the low RPM fan that vents out of the top.