Microsoft is going to offer a new setting on its Xbox consoles. It will allow players to find a better compromise between ease of use and energy saving.
The Xbox Series X and Series S // Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Aroged
Each year, Microsoft has taken the habit of taking stock of its commitments to the environment, in particular when it comes to its gaming branch. In 2019, the firm promised, for example, to work on the design of carbon-neutral consoles.
In 2023, the changes announced are more on the console software side, with efforts to both reduce the impact, but also offer energy savings.
Hours of activity to better manage consumption
Today, players have the choice between two settings for their Xbox: complete shutdown which consumes 0.5 W, or sleep mode which consumes 10 to 15W. The latter allows the console to offer functions such as remote play, the possibility of waking up the console and playing remotely.
Microsoft announces a third choice, an intermediary, which will make it possible to regulate hours of activity for the console.
If you choose to use Sleep Mode, you can now choose your console’s active hours. Your Xbox will start up faster and can be woken remotely during set times. When the stipulated time has passed, your console will shut down completely.
The adjustment of active hours can be automated according to your habits on Xbox Series, while it will only be manual on Xbox One.
This feature can be tested for members of the Insider Program today before rolling out to everyone soon.
Change for Xbox Insiders
Microsoft is also announcing that starting today, Xbox Series X and S Xbox Insider Program members will automatically be set to Shutdown Mode. This is a change from a default option that can be changed by the user in the console settings.
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