Should The Xbox One X Look Like This Instead? | Mock-Up

Should The Xbox One X Look Like This Instead? | Mock-Up

The Xbox One X’s marketing and specs all point towards the fact that it’s a real monster console, the fastest ever made. Why, oh why then does it look like a budget-slim instead of a bit of a showpiece that lets you know that it means business.

We think it could and should look a little more aggressive and play on its own brand a little more. It also doesn’t help that its smaller because humans are a little odd and tend to relate bigger with better, but smaller is good. We aren’t saying it needs massive changes, and we’ve done a small, quick mock-up just to show a few tiny additions to the current design that we think already helps it stand out from its brothers and reminds you that you dished out extra for the big one.

While we’re at it, why not give a few throwbacks to the OG Xbox to show where we’ve come from?

First, just take a look at what the existing console looks like:

Here’s the quick mock-up:

It’s just a few additions to give a rough idea on how to play on the power of the console and the new “X” marking, especially with the confusion between S and X. Here are just a quick few points.

  • Make better us of the green associated with the brand, in ways that mildly mimic modded PCs.
  • Glowing “X” brand marking on the top
  • Glowing bar across the front, can light up more on start-up and then dim down for actual use (not too unlike PS4)
  • Light throwback design elements to the original Xbox, the side vents don’t even need to be functional, just indents.
  • Cost-saving aside, front bar could also be dynamic and be used for various progress bars such as downloads.
  • Light to show connected controllers.

We understand that there’s cost saving involved, especially when the console is already launching at $499, but I don’t know about you, but this idea of the slight retro-throwback combined with the planned OG Xbox backward compatibility makes me want to throw money at it. What do you think of its look? Of course you won’t all agree with us and that’s fine, its subjective in the end and if we could we would spend all day coming up with fun looks for it – and we’re sure that the people at MS did spend a lot of time thinking about this.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!


  1. Sageville June 15, 2017

    I thought it’s mostly cosmetic fluff…

    Except this, I think this would be cool… “front bar could also be dynamic and be used for various progress bars such as downloads.”

    • Nick de Bruyne June 15, 2017

      Yeah it definitely is cosmetic, but people judge books by their covers, and cars by their looks, and people, and devices, and and and… It’s one of those things.

      • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez) June 15, 2017

        Nah, I don’t think anyone is going to say that this doesn’t look worth the money because there aren’t enough lights on it. 😛

        • Nick de Bruyne June 15, 2017

          I don’t think theyd say that, but it’s the same reason sports models of cars put in little wings and intakes that the car doesn’t even make us of. It makes it “sporty”

  2. Brendyn Zachary June 15, 2017

    *Top secret MS Meeting in Redmond*
    Did you all see that thing on that South African blog? You are all fired.

  3. Caveshen Rajman June 15, 2017

    Add the original look above for comparisons, please. <3

  4. Wikus Radyn June 15, 2017

    I thought the console just looked a lot less flashy than it turned out to be…for what it is, I was expecting fireworks every time you put a disc in and the Rock slapping you in the face saying, “it’s go time!”

    • Nick de Bruyne June 15, 2017

      I felt the same which is why this thought came up, I looked at it and thought “is that it?” Why doesn’t it have a mechanical arm that literally punches you in the face every time you boot a game up… to keep your hardcore

  5. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez) June 15, 2017

    I think that the official look is perfect: sleek and subdued. As a console – not a karaoke machine – it doesn’t need extra superfluous lights that will be blinking and pulsing in the corner of your eye while trying to enjoy a movie. And the glowing X on top will only light up the screen or wall (and ceiling) above it.

    Sorry Nick, I’m pretty sure that they went through this during the design phase and picked up on these issues.

    • Nick de Bruyne June 16, 2017

      Actually the idea is that hte lighting would be no brighter than the bar on the existing PS4, and not only that but it can only light up much on startup and so on, but can then tone down completely to barely visible – thus giving the more flashy effect of a premium games machine (akin to a modded PC) and then shut its ass up so you can get to the actual gaming. Good points you made though, but still, I think it looks way, way too boring and plain for something boasted as the most powerful console ever made. It should look like it was made by Batman

      • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez) June 16, 2017

        I kinda dig it lighting up the bar kinda like KITT’s scanner when you turn it on.

        I do enjoy my Forza Edition Xbone’s “engine start and rev” sound when I turn it on, so I agree that it’s cool to have some sort of effect (one way or another) after pressing the power button.

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