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Microsoft is making changes to your Xbox console in pursuit of carbon negativity

28 days ago   |   By Windows Central

Microsoft has a broad sustainability mission across its portfolio of products, and to that end, it's making some changes to Xbox console defaults.
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Xbox Update Aims to Help Console Owners Reduce Carbon Emissions

Xbox Update Aims to Help Console Owners Reduce Carbon Emissions

28 days ago   |   By IGN

A new update being pushed to Xbox Insiders today aims to help console owners participate in reducing carbon emissions while their consoles are turned off or performing scheduled updates and maintenance. Announced in an Xbox Wire post, Xbox Insiders' Xbox Series X and S consoles will automatically be updated to the "Shutdown " power option. Microsoft says that this update reduces power use by up to 20x while the console is turned off without impacting performance. "Remote wake" will not be available while Xboxes in this setting are powered down, though all other remote features will remain...
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Xbox to roll out 'carbon aware' update to reduce the environmental impact of gaming

Xbox to roll out 'carbon aware' update to reduce the environmental impact of gaming

28 days ago   |   By GamesIndustry

Xbox has detailed more updates designed to make its consoles more sustainable.
The first main update is that Xbox Series S and X consoles will now be automatically set to 'Shutdown' mode. Xbox insists this uses 20x less power than the 'Sleep' mode, and 'does not affect performance, gameplay or the console's ability to receive overnight updates'.
According to Xbox, for every two consoles that switch to Shutdown mode for 12 months, it will save the equivalent as the amount of carbon removed by one tree planted and grown for a decade (this is based on the average Xbox console being in...
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Xbox Consoles Will Now Default To Energy-Saving Option As Microsoft Looks To Reduce Carbon Footprint

28 days ago   |   By GameSpot

Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox update that makes several changes to help gamers reduce their carbon footprint, and this includes making the system default to the energy-saving startup option. Xbox Insiders are getting this update today, January 11. Microsoft said in a blog post that this will reduce console power consumption when the console is off. This won't affect performance or how updates can install overnight. However, the ability to remotely wake your console in the energy-saving option is not supported. Consoles in energy-saving mode boot slower, too. Also, all of this is...
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Microsoft says Xbox is now the first ‘carbon aware' console

Microsoft says Xbox is now the first ‘carbon aware' console

28 days ago   |   By MobileSyrup

Microsoft says Xbox is now the first "carbon aware" console brand.
In a broader blog post about its sustainability efforts in gaming, the company revealed a new console update that will schedule game, app and OS updates at specific times during the maintenance window to reduce carbon emissions. This means your console will awaken when it can use the most renewable energy in your local energy grid, which, in turn, can save you money.
This functionality is now available to Xbox Insiders across Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S and will roll out to everyone in the future.
Additionally, Xbox...
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