Xbox Series S design sparks brutal memes

(Image credit: @Tartopommes on Twitter)

Twitter can be a cruel place, as Microsoft's Xbox recently found out when the new Xbox Series S design was the subject of relentless mocking. With mountains of memes piling in comparing the console to a washing machine, fast food order station, speaker and oven hob (to name only some), it's fair to say the aesthetic tickled the creative humour of many expert photo editors.

Xbox took it on the chin, responding with a masterclass in conveying brand wit and personality – showing it is a company willing to laugh at itself, and winning many fans (including us) in the process. If you want to have a go at making your own Xbox meme, see our list of top photo editing software.

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The new Xbox Series S design. What does it look like to you? (Image credit: Xbox)

For reference, see the new Xbox's design above. Now, onto the memes...

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Memes included creations from individual creatives, but the conversation also involved companies taking advantage of the joke to promote their own brands – a clever and creative marketing strategy.

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Xbox responded to IGN's tweet with a pithy, self-deprecating one-liner, showing top marketing awareness from the social media team (see it below).

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And finally, Xbox referenced the effect the design had on the meme-creating world of Twitter by using it as a springboard to change the conversation. 

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Public derision is a great chance for a brand to show off its personality. Social media teams worldwide could take a leaf out of Xbox's book, as the team turned the situation to their advantage with their funny engagement. Though they have had some time to practice because, as you'll recall, the Series X didn't go down too well, either.

There are certain brands who know how to win at social media, and do so consistently. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our post on the 8 brands owning social media

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.