Eco-friendly Xbox consoles. Microsoft tests conscious carbon emissions

The color in the logo is not everything – Xbox will be even greener.

Xbox will be greener. Microsoft is testing a new mode

Microsoft has announced that it is testing carbon emissions in its consoles. The new mode has already been introduced in the Xbox Insider program and will soon be available to all console owners of the giant from Redmond.

What will it be about? The new mode optimizes all operations, such as updates or game downloads, to operate at times when the local electricity grid is least dependent on fossil fuels and the console can use the most renewable energy to perform these operations. It must therefore be admitted that this is an excellent and remarkable novelty.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has focused on the environment

It is worth noting, however, that a similar function has been available on computers with Windows 11 since last year. But in the case of consoles, there is a “catch”, or rather an argument, that console owners have to decide on.

If the console is connected to the internet and has access to the necessary carbon intensity data, the new mode will be enabled by default – but it will only work if the console is powered off and not asleep. Naturally, turning off the console is much more energy efficient than going into sleep mode – and in the interest of the environment, Microsoft decided that with the update introducing carbon mode, all Xbox Series X and S will turn off, regardless of the previous settings of players. But this does not change the fact that the option to go to sleep mode will still be available in the settings, so MS will not take this option away from players.

So a lot is in the hands of the console owners themselves, who can decide for themselves whether they want their console to be more environmentally friendly at home – but here it seems to me that there is nothing to think about.

Source: Xbox Wire

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