Sony insists the X button is actually the "cross" button

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/09/sony-insists-the-x-button-is-a.html

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Delta Oh X Box

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The unanswered question, however, is why they switched the functions of the X and O buttons for the Western release of the PlayStation.

On a Japanese console, the O button is used to confirm menu choices, and the X button to cancel them.
On a Western console, it is the other way around.
No-one knows why this is.

If you try and research it, you’ll find a bunch of people smugly telling you that the reason the buttons are configured that way in Japan is because they associate a circle with affirmative/correct in the same way we do a tick mark, and they associate a cross with negative/incorrect.

Which is fine, but doesn’t explain why they’d switch them.

Sure, we don’t have the positive association for a circle, but the idea of a diagonal cross meaning “wrong” or “cancel” is very well established here; it’s not as though we have a positive meaning assigned to the X symbol.

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This is at the same level of the creator of GIF saying it is pronounced “jif.”

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VioletFatherlyAchillestang-size_restricted

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I insist the letter X is a cross letter. As in Ped Xing.

Also the number 0 is just an empty circle.

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How about “X marks the spot”?

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Which makes total sense since the word the G stands for is “graphic” (pronounced “jra-fik”).

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I have heard that theory espoused before, but does it really seem to you like that is such a strong association that it outweighs the one of X as “cancel” within a computing/iconography context?

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And? I don’t see the problem.

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Saltire! 

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They are all pizza.

Pizza Slice, Pizza Box, Whole Pizza, No Pizza.

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I call it the “Greater Than Less Than” button

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There is no acceptable argument in this discussion.
If you try to argue with them, you lose.
The only proper answer is too laugh enough to make them stop talking.

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“I’m making Graphics right now…”

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DOX Box???

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X is the times symbol. O is zero. The 3 sided one is delta. The four sided one is “end of proof.” Sony is trying to make math fun.

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Yes. Cross.

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20 years after the word had already been commonly used, no less.

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