Designer Explains Why The Xbox One Is So Big

The Xbox One is — we think it’s fair to say — the best-looking Xbox that Microsoft has ever made. That said its design has raised a few questions, the most notable of which is: Why is the Xbox One so big?

It’s considerably larger than Sony’s PS4, taking up a substantial amount more real estate both in terms of height and width, and yet on paper, the PS4 should be larger.

Well Carl Ledbetter, lead designer for the Xbox One has finally spoken out and has — to some extent at least — explained why.

In a rare interview with MCV the designer spoke candidly about Microsoft’s triumphs and mistakes, in particular the original Xbox controller saying:

Ledbetter goes on to point out that inevitably and like all games consoles of recent years, this will almost certainly not be the final design with new iterations coming out as hardware capabilities improve.

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 went through a number of radical redesigns bringing the console’s size down drastically.

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