The Xbox One acquired the 'Xbone' nickname following its May 22 reveal where gamers derided the focus on TV and entertainment apps over game and then again at E3 where outrage over DRM policies forced a series of reversals from Microsoft. Now Microsoft has purchased the Xbone.com domain according to a Thursday report.
Fusible checked out the WhoIs records for Xbone.com and discovered that Microsoft is now the owner. Entering the domain name in a browser currently results in the user being taken to a Bing search page for the Xbox One. However, secondary domains with extensions like .net or .info were not picked up by the console maker.
This news comes just a few days after Xbox Director of Programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb said the following about the console nickname on NeoGAF.
"I don't like it...it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product," he wrote. "Sure, it's cheeky but I don't care for it myself."
While there is no mention of any deal struck with the previous owner of the Xbone.com domain, Microsoft is clearly trying to head off any sites that can be used to satire or otherwise make fun of the console.
The Xbox One launch on Nov. 15 in North America and Europe.
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