Will the Next-Gen Xbox Console Be Named: XBOX 8?


The hype for a next-generation Xbox console is well and truly hotting up; more-so since the news hit that Microsoft are rolling out production of developer units that feature an Oban chipset manufactured by IBM.

Whilst the next-gen Xbox is commonly known and referred to as an Xbox 720 – it was previously rumoured due to an MS Nerd source as codename ‘Loop’, whilst other sources point to the direction of ‘Xbox Infinity’. Would it shock you so much that Microsoft are pondering over naming the third generation Xbox console, which just so happens to be an eighth generation home console, “XBOX 8” in line with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 that will fluently all interconnect with each other.

So, how did we come by this news – well, an employee for a well known combined Publisher and Developer known to thisisxbox.com (who left his employment just a mere few days ago) stated that despite a current mass run of developer units ready to go into production, themselves and other developers of top titles have already received dev units of hardware, but in an alpha non-console form. Also confirming that newer versions of that unit in a non-console form was shown behind closed doors at the recent CES 2012 event by invite only running a fully playable version of Battlefield 3.

Next up, codename ‘Loop’ and codename ‘Infinity’ are meant to relate to services accessible within the online functions of XBOX 8 and not actually be names of the console itself. Infinity is an enhanced form of what we know now as Xbox LIVE, and will be the platform used for future Xbox 8 digital downloads, Windows 8 digital downloads, and Apps for all three systems. Infinity (note not Xbox Infinity) is an online platform that could also be implemented within future TV sets to bring approved apps to the home without the need for an Xbox console attached to the TV.

Xbox Loop is a codename for a service that will bring all current-gen digital stock into a next-gen era on the new console – it is the backwards compatible functions, but since it is likely to launch from within Infinity on the Xbox 8, we will never hear or see it referred to as Loop outside of the developer units unless it is used within the retail version of Windows 8 later this year.

Whilst Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed the name for it’s next generation of Xbox console – it was recently confirmed that it will not be shown at this years E3 2012 conference and nor will it ship in 2012.

When official announcements have been made, we’ll keep you updated.

Founder of ThisisXbox.com (owner from 2010 - 2014), now writer and reviewer with an interest in writing thriller fiction. Two addictions; Diet Coke and Call of Duty. All views expressed everywhere are my own and not that of my employer!


  1. Makes sense, windows 8 and windows phone 8, how did nobody come up with this before?

  2. I think it's a bit weird to put a number 8 on the end when it's the third Xbox. But I guess, Xbox 3 seems like a step backwards from Xbox 360 or confusing, and Xbox 720 sounds better than Xbox 8, but probably because we're used to 3 digits in the title…

    I can't wait for the official reveal, but it might not be this year. The Xbox 360 was first revealed in 2005 and released in 2005. I think if the next Xbox was coming out in 2013, then it will more than likely be revealed in 2013.

  3. I'm probably reading way too much into it, but the code-names seem to match up. The symbol for infinity is ∞ which is simply a sideways 8. Also, ∞ and 8 are both closed loops. Thus all three code-names are connected

  4. True… it's quite a coincidence… I'm just hoping it's not something awful like "Xbox Kinect Box" haha

  5. what is your source for this?

  6. The number 8 or the symbol which it is used for at a sideways position is actually the symbol for infinity which leads me to believe the name should be called XBOX INFINITY not 8 also many ppl believe that The PS4 and “the third Xbox” to come out since there is no official name for it as of yet will be the last gaming consoles for these respective companies

  7. It’s funny that this news story is now TWO YEARS old, and now XBOX ONE is with us, I can tie in now and piece the info I was told… Those 3 things about App, Games and Windows… making everything tie together is the 3 operating systems of Xbox One.

    Xbox Infinity (in the article) something that will enable an extension of Xbox LIVE Gold on other TV’s without requiring a full blown console. A discless console or app store on a small box I wonder that can be plugged into other TV’s so our apps and cloud-based content can run from outside the Xbox

    Xbox LOOP… something backwards compatible. I wonder if future improvements to the Xbox ONE will allow for cloud based Xbox 360 titles to be played on the Xbox One???

    Time will tell I guess, at least it never was called Xbox 8, but Xbox 1 aint much better haha

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