Right off the bat: these are not actual concept shots from Microsoft. They're spawned entirely from the mind of designer Federico Ciccarese, who has done his fair share of gizmo mockups, mostly of various real and ficitional Apple devices. Now he's had a go at making the next iteration of the Xbox. It's... interesting. I'll give it that.
For one, imagine tripping over this thing? Chances are you'd impale yourself on this pyramid, this blinding beacon of electronic entertainment. It'd be like the initial Wii injury saga all over again, except much deadlier. And whiter.
It also yells "hipster speaker set" rather than "console", but I suppose that gels better with Microsoft's desire to sell the Xbox as a home entertainment device and not a dedicated game-playing machine. The Kinect cameras (the speaker-things) for some reason remind me of the PlayStation Eye. I'm going to guess Microsoft probably doesn't want you thinking of its direct competitor when staring at its hardware.
It's cute that it looks like an X from above, but the novelty of that would wear off quickly. No, mostly I'd be worried by losing an eye, or finding the tiny, mummified corpse of the late, late, late Rameses II squirreled away behind a heatsink.
What do you guys think? Ratings out of five canopic jars, please.
Images: Federico Ciccarese / MSN