Microsoft's design team created tons of designs for the Xbox One, many of them look viable, while others look strange and far too odd to be practical. The team was made up of around 30 designers and the designs they came up with got built and tested in real world environments such as people's livings rooms. They then worked to determine how internal parts would fit into the console according to Polygon.
In the end Microsoft decided on a pretty standard box shape, likely due to wanting to fit into most environments.
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