Microsoft has set itself the goal of achieving neutrality by 2030. Thus, the Redmond firm has decided to reduce the carbon footprint of its data centers by making them less dependent on water-based cooling systems. . Aware that this measure will not be enough, the multinational has decided to involve all its sectors of activity. So that’s how she got the idea to make her Xbox consoles less power-hungry. This will be done by improving the energy saving mode available on said consoles.
Now, users will be able to receive system and game updates by putting their Xbox console in Power Saver mode. Whereas before, this was not possible. The minimum requirement was for the device to be in standby mode.
Microsoft is now using Energy Saver mode
On March 10, he updated his website on his efforts to preserve the planet. Among the measures taken, we can see that the company is now putting more emphasis on the Energy Saver mode of its Xbox consoles.
Indeed, this mode has become the default option when it comes to initial configurations of Xbox consoles. This allows updates to be downloaded in the background while the mode is activated. To this effect, Dave McCarthy, Vice President of Xbox Operations, said:
“Now system and game updates can be downloaded during Energy Saver mode, saving even more energy.” He later added that: “Power Saver mode consumes about 20 times less power than Sleep mode when the console is not in use or not receiving updates.”
On older Xbox Ones, Power Saver mode is a turn off for most gamers. Mainly because it doesn’t allow consoles to resume quickly unlike Sleep mode. On the other hand, with the latest generation Xbox consoles, things are different. Xbox Series S/X restarts very quickly in Power Saver mode.
Microsoft is also committed to preserving the planet
At the same time, Microsoft has taken steps to help save the planet. On the one hand, the company has chosen to use post-consumer recycled resins (PCR). Still through the voice of its vice-president of operations, the multinational said this:
“A minimum of 28% of post-consumer recycled resins are used to manufacture consoles. A minimum of 28% of the plastic of the mechanical components, by weight, of the updated Series S console is made of post-consumer recycled resin (PCR)”
Mr. McCarthy said.
On the other hand, the company has integrated an improved power monitoring system into a few consoles. The goal is to anonymously collect a number of telemetric data. This should make it possible to develop new improvements in the future in order to bring consoles to achieve more energy savings.
Improvements for Xbox Cloud Gaming are also coming. Using Azure, its cloud computing service, Microsoft hopes to power Xbox Cloud Gaming from 100% renewable energy by 2025.
At the moment, Microsoft is having a little trouble meeting its targets due to constantly increasing emissions. Its CEO, Brad Smith, hopes that his new measures will reverse the trend.
Source: The Verge