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Domain drain: Microsoft secures “Xbox 8″ rights

Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 12:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt

As noted by Fusible, Microsoft has won two disputes filed in May with the National Arbitration Forum over a batch of Xbox-related domains, including XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com, XboxCompanion.com, Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org.

The Xbox8 domains are leading to speculation that it may be the name of the next Xbox. Microsoft took them back from a China resident named “Cheng Juan”.

Some basic checking shows that Microsoft doesn’t own Xbox8.co.uk – “Zuo Pan” has it – and that at least three straight Xbox8 domains are still available.

Which kind of suggests there’s something not right about this.

If you fancied a go on XboxEight domains, there’s tons of them. Well, there’s a few less now. We just bought xboxeight.co.uk and xboxeight.net, just in case.

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  1. locus2k1

    Domain Squatting – the “Digital Hobos” of the 21st century lol :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I’m already ordering a pool for the garden. Nothing can possibly go wrong.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s for the eight copies of games that are sold for Xbox for every single copy sold on PS3, no?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SurplusGamer

    There has already been a rumour that the Xbox would be called the Xbox Infinity, right? 8 sort of looks like the infinity symbol on its side, so perhaps THAT is where they are going with this.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Colin Gallacher

    http://www.xboxelectricboogaloo.co.uk costs £4.99 for a year. Outside chance?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ LOL!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Logic Incarnate

    So the next Xbox will be called the “Xbox Infinite”?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    @5 – Do it. WHO KNOWS?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    @7:

    Maybe… And then the one after that, “Xbox Infinite +1″.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    @4 And also , just like 360 name which mean whole specter of possibility and connections. So yea Infinity sounds right.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. SurplusGamer

    @9 Actually I was thinking Sony could call their next one “Playstation Infinity + 1″

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    http://youtu.be/PZe9_LWlOtM

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    I hope it is not called infinite that would be a big irony, if the allways connected issue ends up being true, thats not infinite gameplay for me.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mad1723

    I’m so reserving XboxHate.com :D

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Logic Incarnate

    As a super crazy thought, with the increase in streaming (and Sony purchasing Gaikai): Perhaps Microsoft’s next pitch will be “You will never need to purchase another console again”. With streaming providing “Infinite” possibilities.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey

    ^ That was their plan according to that 52 page document that was leaked last month.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Joe Musashi

    I would have thought this domain to be more about the xbl integration/branding with the forthcoming Windows 8.

    But it’s most likely a matter of securing domain(s) with “xbox” in them against cybersquatters than anything meaningful.

    JM

    #17 2 years ago
  18. treborr

    @9 Haha, surely its Xbox Infinity and Beyond?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    The problem with “a console that you never need to upgrade again” is that once the console reaches saturation point (which neither of the current two consoles have come even close to doing yet), you’re borked.

    And must people won’t want always-online, solely streamed media anyway. The public Internet infastructure isn’t even close to being able to support that, and people will still want some sort of tangible connection to the content they own.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Maybe maybe not. Music downloads are doing a roaring trade and I don’t hear many people complaining about not owning the cd case… The future of constant streaming my be far off, but the next steps will be games going download only and stored on harddrive.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 The different with a media player is that it’s still a physical device, and its media is stored *on* it. iTunes music can be downloaded onto your PC, and can be stored and backed up on other storage mediums.

    A fully digitally enabled device with instant day-one digital downloads is great. I think that’s exactly where console hardware will be heading. I’m not arguing against that in the slightest. What I’m arguing against is this bullshit belief that we’re all going to end up with consoles and PC completely removed from hardware dependencies with everything being streamed from “the cloud”. It just isn’t going to happen.

    #21 2 years ago