As the dust settled over the new Xbox One this summer, one point that kept coming up—maybe predictably—was size: The console is surprisingly chunky. Just chunky enough to make you wonder whether its wide berth isn’t a hint at what Microsoft's engineers were hiding in there—and what it could reveal about their intentions for future generations of Xbox. We put the question to Leo del Castillo, Xbox's General Manager of Console Development, yesterday afternoon.
Del Castillo, who joined the Xbox team in 1999 as an electrical engineer and has worked on every console since the original, oversaw every element of Xbox One’s engineering. Right off the bat, we wanted to know whether there was any truth to the theory that the Xbox One’s size was part of a design brief that would allow it to run for ten years straight.