Microsoft announced this week that the Xbox Gaming System will be the first carbon-aware console available. This will help Microsoft reduce its environmental impact and reach its goal of becoming a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company by 2030. Microsoft’s announcement back in March last year said it was improving its commitment to the environment, and a new update will be rolling out to Xbox Insiders soon.
“As well as continuing to work with industry partners and game developers, we are always looking for ways to innovate, learn and improve our measures. We are not only responsible for the carbon emissions in the manufacturing and distribution of our products, but also for the emissions caused by the use of our products in the homes of our fans. So how we design our hardware and software to be more efficient and optimized for renewable energy can have a big impact.”
Xbox Carbon-enabled consoles
Microsoft has a bit more to say about what it means to be the first carbon-aware console.
“Today, we are sharing an update rolling out to Xbox Insiders. The upcoming changes will create an opportunity for our collective community of gamers to make choices that reduce their environmental impact while gaming.
When the console is plugged in, connected to the internet, and has local carbon footprint data available, Xbox will schedule console game, app, and OS updates at specific times during the nightly maintenance window. To do. A proportion of the electricity is supplied from low-carbon sources in the grid.
For example, instead of the Xbox starting up at a random time between 2:00am and 6:00am during the nightly maintenance window, the console will start at a time when the local energy grid has the most renewable energy available. . This reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and our CO2 emissions, potentially saving us money. Currently only available to Xbox Insiders using Shutdown (Power Saving), but all Xbox gamers have an opportunity to update their Xbox consoles to become Carbon Aware soon. ”
“Starting today, Xbox Insiders will notice that Xbox Series X|S consoles will automatically update to the Shutdown (Energy Saving) power option. This one-time update to power settings will cause the console to power off. Reduces power consumption while the console is on and does not affect performance, gameplay, or the console’s ability to receive nightly updates to the system, games, or apps. remote functionality is supported while the console is shut down.However, remote wake is not supported while the console is shut down.You can select the best setting and adjust the settings at any time.Shutdown (Energy Saving) Reduces power usage up to 20x when off compared to sleep.”
“We encourage all players to learn more about the power setting options available. , can actually have a meaningful impact, for example, every year two consoles switch to shutdown (energy saving) is equivalent to the carbon removed by planting and growing a tree for 10 years You can save the amount of
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