There have been many, many discussions about the Xbox One; it’s dramatic reversals, its Kinect policy, all sorts of discussions. But even the haters have to admit; Microsoft made one attractive console. It’s angular, black, and pretty. But, far be it from Microsoft not to reward the team with an Xbone that’s just a little bit prettier.
Essentially, instead of the black box, console, and Kinect, the team who worked on the One will get a black and white model. The console itself will be largely white with black side panels, and the same textured top, while the controller will be a mix of black and white as well. The Kinect will still be black, alas, but at least it’ll stand out from the device. Just to top it off, the console is engraved with “I made this” on the front.
Will we, the gaming public, ever get a shot at the white Xbone? Eh, probably. While console manufacturers always play coy with whether or not they’ll offer a chance to switch it up from basic black, the demand is almost always there for different colors and eventually the market will rise to meet it. The Xbox 360, for example, had limited-edition red and green designs; the GameCube eventually came in dozens of colors; and so on.
Still, it’s likely that one way or the other that this will be a collector’s item that won’t be sold to the public. After all, the idea is to create something special for the people who worked so hard on this thing, not to create demand for something that fans would buy in the first place. Besides, what we really want is a console that ships with just a primer base: Really, fans are going to mod it anyway, so we might as well just have some fun with it.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.