Conversation Piece: When does a ‘family of devices’ have to distance from one of its own?

I give Xbox a lot of credit for referring to “a family of devices.” There’s the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X. All of your games and accessories (yes, we all know about the cluster that is Kinect) work on all three, of course, with varying degrees of technical abilities.

If I am allowed to bring in some Zune expertise, this brings up an interesting question: At what point do we have to stop acknowledging the original Xbox One?

I thought the Zune 30 was a fabulous device. A brick of a thing (much like the original Xbox One) it did everything asked of it: played music, played videos, played podcasts and the like. I loved it.

It was then taken over by the Zune 4/8/16/80/120 (The Xbox One S of Zune). They were much sexier and curvy. They came in a variety of colors and really showed that Zune had hit its stride. People had said these Zunes should have been the Zune originally released (same to be said about the One S)

Then came the Zune HD (The Xbox One X of Zune). Finally, third time was the charm. The Zune HD was both a technical marvel (it could play HD Radio, and tag songs for later) but it was also well-designed. 

Eventually, the Zune 30 had to be left behind for the more technically superior Zune 80/120 and Zune HD. Now, spoiler alert, all of Zune is no longer, but that parallel raises a question for me.

When does the original Xbox One stop getting so much of a focus. Now, granted, Xbox occasionally updates the Xbox 360 – which I find astounding  – but with what would be four consoles out in the wild (Original, One S, One X, and whatever Scarlet turns out to be) something has to give. 

That original Xbox One would have to give.

Or should it? Can it remain a viable device even as a new console is ushered in? Will Xbox make any huge pushes to get people with original consoles at least onto the One S, or is there enough about the original to keep it around for longer than we think?


Author: Marques Lyons

We should all view today as another chance to better tomorrow. Microsoft Xbox MVP. Fitbit user. Wokeish. Music connoisseur. Disney enthusiast. UC Irvine alum.

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