15. There Were 35 Discarded Names Before 'Xbox' Was Settled On
So we've covered the Direct X getting tossed aside at the very end of production, but along the way, Microsoft's PR team tested a huge array of short anagram-like names with various focus groups. Bonus fact: The core team hated the name 'Xbox' but it won outright with the feedback teams every time.
Some of the best of the worst were:
- MIND (Microsoft Interactive Network Device) - E2 (Extreme Experience) - FACE (Full Action Centre) - O2 (Optimal Ozone/Optical Odyssey) - R&R (Reality and Revolution) - MTG (Microsoft Total Gaming) - AIO (All In One)