Are the Xbox Series X and Series S names confusing? (poll)

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Microsoft recently announced the Xbox Series S, its second console of the upcoming generation. The Xbox Series S comes in at $300 and allows people to enter the next generation of gaming for a lower cost than the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X is more powerful, but that added power comes with a higher price tag. A question that's now bouncing around the web is if the names of the two consoles are confusing.

Kotaku posted an article this morning stating that the naming convention of the new Xbox lineup is confusing for the casual consumer as well as professionals in the industry. That piece has gained some traction, with people weighing in on if Microsoft's console naming scheme is confusing.

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We want to know what you think. Do you think the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S names are confusing? What impact do you think the names will have on people trying to purchase the next generation of Microsoft consoles? Let us know in the comments below and in the poll above. Make sure to share this as well, so we can get a wide range of perspectives.

Whether you find the names confusing or not, you can read through our complete breakdown comparing the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to determine which console is right for you.

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  • I like to think that I am up-to-date on Xbox news, and way too often I catch myself mixing up the One X, One S, Series X, Series S names. It makes me appreciate why my mother called every video game system a "Nintendo" when I was a kid.
  • 😂😂😂😂 so um are the Ones going to continue or did Series take over 🤔
  • LOL!!!! Thats awesome. I thought that was just my mom. 😛
  • Not at all. We just had a generation of One S and One X. And there wasn't any confusion. I've no heard any confusion about S and X again. If anything it keeps things simple, and continues what we already have.
  • Unless you also have a (Tesla) Model X or Model S. :-)
  • Considering Kotaku is hot garbage on a good day, who cares? But since you asked, no. It's no more confusing than the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XR, SE. There are two SKUs. One is $200 cheaper than the other. The "average consumer" is not going to be confused and buy the wrong one because the "average consumer" likely still owns a 1080 TV anyway and will buy the cheaper one because it is cheaper. The X is the enthusiast model and they know what they are buying.
  • If the internet were fixable -- concerned trolling would be the first thing to go.
  • S/white = mainstream
    X/black = pro Perfectly clear, and consistent with the current lineup, so I don't really understand why people are having an issue, except maybe that some people choose to find things to complain about.
  • This is the kind of press Microsoft faces from the popular websites that have settled into a ps console life. They twist the messaging and they hordes of followers just say yes and spread the same skewed view across the Internet.
    It's like trying to fight against a hurricane of unbridled negativity.
  • No, but I'm also savvy about Microsoft and its consoles, I can 100% see less clued in parents or first time buyers being confused between say, the One X and the Series X at a glance. I don't see there being any issues between the S and X because that follows through from last generation, the S is the cheaper version, the X is more expensive. However I don't think it is unreasonable to have people confusing the One with the Series. In fact, I would almost argue this is the exact reason why the One X has been discontinued, it won't help in the second hand market, i.e. people shopping on ebay, but I do think Microsoft discontinued it to get ahead of this confusion. Although keeping the Xbox One S around throws a spanner in this hypothesis, but i can't imagine it sticking around for very long beyond the Series release.
  • I agree with you totally... At the same time I am getting fed up with the lack of effort the average person seems to put into things like SIMPLE research. There is NO REASON to spend 300 dollars on a device and not even know what the proper name for the thing is. This is simple shopping 101. These are the same people that will go home and 1 star a review because they don't read a box in the store that says it isn't what they need or do what they wanted. I mean it takes about 2 seconds to whip the phone out (that they probably already have in their hand Face Timing or doing some dumb Tic Tick crap) to pull up a website and LEARN something about what you are committing to.