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Xbox One designed to stay on for 10 years

Microsoft reportedly focused on reliability, sacrificing compactness for cool-running, quiet hardware

The original Xbox 360 was a notoriously unreliable piece of hardware, with noisy fans that proved unable to prevent overheating problems and the dreaded Red Ring of Death. Microsoft is apparently determined not to repeat history with the Xbox One, as Eurogamer reports that the new system was designed with the idea that users would be able to leave it on for the entirety of a projected 10-year lifecycle.

Citing inside sources at Microsoft, the article states that Xbox One will have a larger footprint than current consoles, more akin to some set-top cable TV boxes. However, that extra space facilitates heat dissipation, as well as a larger fan that is able to displace more air while moving slower, leading to quieter overall operation. And with games being installed to the hard drive, the optical drive won't be necessary during gameplay, cutting down further on the amount of background noise.

The report also noted Microsoft's emphasis on cutting down wait times for users to start playing games. It was mentioned at previous Xbox One events, but overshadowed by controversies about the system's since-retracted policies on online check-ins and used games. According to Eurogamer, "Our sources suggest that internally there is a great deal of frustration within Microsoft that the message about instant access never got across, and that the focus now is on Gamescom in August to get it right."

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
"the new system was designed with the idea that users would be able to leave it on for the entirety of a projected 10-year lifecycle"
I don't think that would do wonders for my electric bill.
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David Amirian Writer 3 years ago
if you turn it off, it will break.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 3 years ago
According to Eurogamer, "Our sources suggest that internally there is a great deal of frustration within Microsoft that the message about instant access never got across, and that the focus now is on Gamescom in August to get it right."


Instant access? Like the improved, time-to-game they had over the evolution of the Xbox 360 dashboa- oh, wait... I'll believe that when I see it! Even the PS3's time-to-game increased slightly over the evolution of that dashboard, though nowhere near as much and never as cluttered so I would be pleasantly surprised if (ignoring the "put a game in the disc slot and watch the console boot up into that game scenario) either company improved TTG given the increased focus on things other than games.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Prendergast on 1st August 2013 7:12am

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 3 years ago
This has been demanded by the NSA so they can see and listen inside all our homes via Kinekt. :-) :-)

Like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/29/lenovo_accused_backdoors_intel_ban/
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
The system goes into standby, just like your Blu-ray player. 3-4 watts to keep the RAM stable. A low power ARM processor runs all the background tasks while its "off". Ps4 does it similarly

Given the monster fan and heatsink I think if anything they're overcompensating. Of course idiots will block the vents, overheat it and blame Microsoft for it, that's my biggest interest I. Te PS4 right now, seeing what they've done for cooling on such a small box
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After the latest NVida demo's of their Next-Gen graphics can MS really feel comfortable with the 10-year-life-cycle planned for the XBone? Would think the games will look dated after two years?
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
Oh Bruce, we have missed you so much! xD
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
I cant believe I actually starred one of Bruce's comments... ;)
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development3 years ago
They can't make windows small business server stay on for eight weeks.
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