Weird Xbox Series X box has blue coloring instead of green

The Xbox brand is known for its signature shade of dark green. Color dominates logos, backgrounds, gift cards, game boxes, and the original Xbox start screen and dashboard. At this point, the Xbox brand is so associated with green that it’s hard to imagine any other color fulfilling this role.

A Reddit user was thus surprised to discover the box of a Xbox series X adorned with a particular shade of light blue. And while this kind of anomaly is more common than some might think, it’s still interesting to see an Xbox brand item without the iconic tint.


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Reddit user Confluxster came across the Xbox Series X blue box as part of a display at a local GameStop. They took a photo and posted it on the Xbox subreddit, wondering if it was some kind of special edition. While that’s probably not the case, a few people on the subreddit found the apparent flaw amusing. One commenter, noticing how similar the shade of blue is to that featured on many PlayStation brands, dubbed it “The Sony Playbox Series 5”, referring to a bizarre crossover of alternate reality products.

The actual answer is far less dramatic, being neither a limited-edition Xbox Series X console nor a delivery from another universe. Although some comments suggested it might be a printing error, it’s more likely that the green ink simply faded after being exposed to direct sunlight for too long. This particular box may have been leaned against a store window to attract customers, absorbing enough rays to change from green to blue before employees moved it to the current display.

This explanation may seem wrong at first glance. After all, the rest of the box shows no significant signs of fading, and certainly nothing as drastic as a complete color change. However, this can be explained by the way UV light interacts with different color pigments. Green pigments, like those in the Xbox Series X box, are a mix of blue and yellow. Yellow pigments absorb UV light faster than blue, causing them to fade faster when exposed to sunlight. Eventually, the yellow fades completely, leaving only the blue pigment.

This explains why the green faded so quickly despite the minimal discoloration on the rest of the box. It’s not a rare event either. One commenter even linked to a photograph of a discolored Grand Theft Auto 4 Collector’s Edition box where the green Xbox 360 branding has faded into the same shade of blue. Still, while the explanation might not be so exciting, it’s interesting to see Xbox packaging with a decidedly PlayStation color scheme.

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