Why does the Xbox One look like a VCR? Let the folks at Microsoft tell you:
So, what have we learned? Apparently, the Xbox One's design reflects the power of the machine as well as the history of the Xbox brand. It's also meant to reflect the rectangular design of the Xbox One UI. It still doesn't really explain why it looks like a VCR, but maybe the team at Microsoft just doesn't realize that themselves.
Looking on the bright side, the Xbox One controller doesn't look like a VCR. It also got rid of that annoying battery bump that was on the back of the Xbox 360 controller. At least Microsoft's design team gets points for that.