In this episode of Pregame Discharge: the Xbox Series X was unveiled and that name definitely won’t confuse soccer moms at all!

Terrible name, but loads of power and potential

While Lyle continues to dunk on you dweebs, here’s what’s been happening in video games this past week:

  • Project Scarlett now has a (way worse) name and was unveiled!
  • The Video Game Awards came and went!
  • Kingdom Hearts III is getting DLC and more!

The Xbox Series X has been finally unveiled and as silly as the name is — I genuinely believe it’ll work out in the long term with future revisions (Series S for example for a possibly smaller iteration in the distant future). However, I can’t help but wonder about the 2020 holiday shopping soccer moms who will inevitably ask: “what’s the difference between the Xbox Series X and Xbox One X?” Thank god I don’t work in retail anymore.

To be fair to the normal consumer who isn’t any bit tech-savvy, the Xbox Series X by itself is almost as bad as Nintendo’s naming convention with the “New 3DS” and “Wii U.” I still distinctly remember working at Best Buy over the holidays and having to explain what’s different about the Wii U to hundreds of parents who just thought it was some sort of accessory for the original Wii. But, over the years with the possibility of newer and more powerful iterations, I genuinely think the “series” approach to branding isn’t a half-bad idea. It certainly beats trying to come up with random numbers again or names like “Infinite.”

Discharged question of the week: what do you think of the Xbox Series X?

Dan Roemer
Local video person. I've been enjoying and dabbling in Destructoid since 2014, became staff in 2017, co-hosted Podtoid, and my spirit animal is that of wild garbage. Disclosure: I backed Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter and I'm a current Patreon supporter of Nextlander, NoClip, and Mega64.