“The design process at Xbox has always been deeply rooted in the collaboration between the engineering and design teams. To deliver the most efficient and compact form factors, the teams spent months prototyping and simulating different architectures,” said Chris Kujawski, principal designer for Xbox. “It was the combination of that work and an eye to how customers would place the devices in their homes that we landed on two unique and iconic forms.”
The team also says it weight balanced the components so that it would be stable whether situated on its side or stood up vertically. Due to this, it can fit in a much shallower shelf, with just 8 inches of depth needed (including room for the power and HDMI cables). It can also slip into a backpack, the design team says.
For the Xbox Series X, a big part of the design was dictated by the size of the fan. And of course the team had to take into consideration the components inside “to achieve an almost exact 2:1 ratio of two cubes stacked, which became the basis for the geometric identity of both consoles.”
This is all plays into what the design team means when it says “intelligent geometry.”
“The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are both the result of listening to our fans and designing for them the most optimized consoles to deliver next generation games. We know we have a wide range of customers and giving them choice was critical; we didn’t want them to have to choose whether to get next generation experiences though,” said Kujawski added.
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