In the midst of the energy crisis, Xbox consoles will become more respectful of the environment by consuming less.
Xbox decides to honor the green color of its logo. A new power mode is entering testing for members of the Xbox Insider Program. Very soon, all owners of Microsoft consoles will be able to continue enjoying their favorite games, while by consuming less. No worries, your console will not be restricted or locked at certain times to avoid overloading the electrical network.
The new mod “carbon reduction” is to turn off the power to your console when you don’t need it. It’s actually an enhancement to the power-saving shutdown mode already available on Xbox Series X and S. Unlike sleep mode, the console shuts down entirely, but automatically turns back on during off-duty hours. maintenance to download the necessary updates. With the new features planned, the console will activate when the energy demand is lowestand relies mainly on renewable energies rather than fossil fuels.
This data will be collected on the internet, so your console must be connected to your router at all times. It is therefore impossible to apply the same type of consumption mode to your wifi box. Despite everything, Microsoft is betting a lot on this more responsible power supply since it will also be deployed on Xbox One consoles which did not even have the energy saving mode.
In its press release, the Redmond company promises that two consoles operating in this way are enough to avoid the production of carbon that a tree would take 10 years to eliminate. A consequent efficiency therefore. To ensure this ecological initiative, even players who decide to leave their console in standby mode will be able to participate in the collective effort.
A customizable experience
If you want to continue to enjoy the features of sleep mode (namely start the console remotely, download updates at any time and launch faster), it will be possible to decide the activation times. By choosing so-called “active” time slots, your console will be supplied with energy at these specific times to facilitate your use.
When you get home from class or work, your console will be ready for action, and will return to carbon reduction mode for the rest of the day or evening. In March 2022, Xbox already announced its desire to make its consoles 100% recyclable by 2030. These initiatives are timely and place Microsoft in the lead in terms of energy consumption and ecologies. Hopefully, PlayStation will soon offer the same kind of operation to allow all players to simplify their efforts for the planet on a daily basis.