Xbox: An update for Microsoft consoles announced and detailed to account for carbon emissions

At a time when energy is becoming increasingly expensive, energy consumption it is obviously checked by households and therefore includes the consoles and other devices we use every day. If you play on Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One, last November added more power options, but the manufacturer will go even further. Indeed, if you remember, in March 2022 Microsoft Committed to offering 100% recyclable products by 2030especially next to the 500 million dollar investmentAlphabet and Salesforce In a global framework aimed at eliminating 100,000 tons of CO2 As announced at the annual meeting during this period World Economic Forum. The Satya Nadella-led firm is therefore a good student and does not intend to stop there. XboxWire.

So, members Xbox Insiders can now discover some changes to better manage the power supply of their consoles in order to reduce the carbon footprint of updates and downloads by scheduling times when electricity is produced more by renewable energy thanks to the mode Shut down (power saving). Another innovation aimed at reducing consumed watts Hours of operation, a specified range outside of which general termination is employed to reduce consumption to 0.5 W. All this is described in detail below.

Xbox has made strong commitments to significantly reduce our company’s environmental impact, with three strong ambitions for Microsoft by 2030: a negative carbon footprint, a positive water footprint and a zero waste policy. To this end, we have rethought the way our products are designed, manufactured, delivered and used.

Last March, we shared more about Xbox’s sustainability efforts, whether it applies to our devices, games, waste reduction, and the collective actions it takes. We are constantly looking for new ways to innovate, learn and improve by continuing to collaborate with our industry partners and game developers. We are responsible for the carbon emissions from the production and distribution of our products, as well as those associated with the use of these products in your home. Thus, the design of our machines, such as our games, to optimize renewable energies can have a significant impact.

We wish today Learn more about updates that will gradually become available to Xbox Insiders. Their proposed changes will give our society the choice to reduce the environmental impact of playing video games.

Xbox is now the first console to offer carbon-conscious downloads and updates

We can reduce the carbon footprint of updates and downloads by scheduling the console to launch at times when it can use as much renewable energy as possible. Windows Update has been considering carbon on Windows 11 PCs since last year, and now it will be the same for Xbox consoles.

When your console is networked, connected to the internet and regional carbon intensity data is available, it will schedule updates Games, apps, and system at specific times in the night watch window. This can result in lower carbon emissions because more of the electricity comes from low-carbon sources in the grid. For example, instead of waking up at a random time during the night between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., your Xbox will choose a time when it can use as much renewable energy as possible in your area. This will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and CO emissions2 and potentially save you money. This update is currently only available to Insiders using Shutdown (Power Saving) Modebut it will be very soon for everyone, so your Xbox can be carbon aware.

Settings for Xbox to save power

Starting today, Xbox Series X|S Xbox Insiders will automatically go into shutdown (power saving) mode. This will reduce your consumption when your console is turned off and will not affect its performance, gameplay, or ability to receive updates for your games, apps, or system overnight. On the other hand, the remote control features are only available when your console is on, and if the console is turned off, you won’t be able to wake it up remotely.

You can change these settings at any time and choose the one that suits you. Shutdown (power saving) mode reduces power consumption up to 20 times compared to Sleep mode.

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We’re continuing to give you more ways to reduce your impact on the environment, and Xbox One consoles will also offer new power modes, including Shutdown (Power Saver) Mode, available today. Xbox One consoles will notify players of this change through messages. They will be able to provide feedback on their experience.

Shutdown (power saving) mode will allow Xbox One consoles to receive game, software and system updates overnight, just like the Xbox Series X|S. When this mode is selected, Xbox Ones will take longer to load. Remote functions will remain active as long as the console is powered on.

We recommend that you educate yourself about the nutritional options available. Every small individual step affects our collective effort, choosing Stop mode (energy saving) can have a real and significant result. If the two consoles went into Shutdown (energy saving) mode for one year, the less carbon would be equivalent to the amount produced by a tree grown in 10 years. This finding is true given that the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One are in Shutdown (Energy Saver) mode for an average of 20 hours per day over the course of a year, although energy savings and avoided carbon emissions may vary by console and other factors. Greenhouse gas equivalents are calculated with the calculator | US EPA.

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Work for continuity with “Active Hours” and Sleep

Active Hours is another new power-saving feature that Xbox Insiders can start experiencing today. 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 remotely woken at set times. When the set time has passed, your console will turn off completely and use 0.5W 10-15W is required instead when active.

  • Active hours on Xbox Series X|S will be automatically set and scheduled based on how you use the console.
  • On Xbox One, you’ll be able to configure your active hours yourself. If you don’t change it, this option will be disabled by default.

How can we help you?

We can’t do it without you. We need to work with players, developers, studios and the rest of the industry to reduce the environmental impact of video games. We’re committed to working with our developers, partnering with nonprofits, and empowering you to make more informed decisions.

Here are some specific ways you can help us:

  • Choose settings that help you and your Xbox save power.

Select Shutdown (Power Saving) mode on Xbox. If you’re not an Xbox Insider and want to change your settings before auto-update, go here Settings > General > Power Options. This will help save power and enable future updates for your Xbox.

  • Think carbon : Select automatic updates. When your Xbox is set up this way and you select Shutdown (Power Saver) mode, your Xbox will consider carbon.
  • Set automatic shutdown after a short period of inactivity. This will reduce the amount of time it takes to turn off your console if you’re not using it. By default, it will turn off after one hour of inactivity, but you can reduce this by changing the duration Settings > General > Power Options > Customize Power Options.

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If you find that 0.5 W is still too much, You can always unplug your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One console when you’re not using it to keep costs down to zero. ! The Xbox Series S is currently on sale for €272.64 Amazon.

Also read: Xbox & Bethesda Developer_Direct: 4 big game-based launches set for late January, what about Starfield?

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