Modern Xbox consoles will soon have a new automatic setting that controls the power consumption of the video game system to protect the environment.
“Xbox is working to reduce our environmental impact to help us achieve Microsoft’s goal of becoming a zero-carbon, zero-waste, zero-waste company by 2030 by rethinking how we design, build, distribute and use our products,” a press release said. from Xbox. Microsoft’s Xbox Wire said.
Xbox said they are focusing on carbon emissions “in the homes of our fans.” According to the release, “We are not only responsible for the carbon emissions from the production and distribution of our products, but also for the emissions created by the use of our products in the homes of our fans.”
The press release noted that the consoles will become “carbon aware” through a software update. “Carbon awareness means reducing the carbon footprint by optimizing updates and downloads to run at a time when the console can use renewable energy,” explains Xbox.
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The same announcement said that new energy saving features are implemented automatically.
“Starting today, Xbox Insiders will notice that their Xbox Series X|S console automatically switches to the Shutdown (power-saving) power option,” Xbox Wire wrote. “This one-time update to your power settings will reduce your power consumption while your console is off, and will not affect performance, game play, or your console’s ability to receive nightly system updates, games or apps.”
The press release also stated, “With Shutdown (power saving) selected, Xbox One consoles will experience a slower boot time.”
Xbox urged users to be aware of the impact “games” have on the environment, “We can’t do this alone. We must work together with our players, developers, studios, and the industry if we are going to help reduce gaming’s impact on the environment.”
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Some Twitter users criticized the news of the technological change.
“This decision is likely to be made at one of the company’s private offices,” said video and podcast producer Lauren Chen.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., tweeted, “First gas stoves, then your coffee, now they want your Xbox.”
Young America’s Foundation tweeted, “Lol now the group behind video games is all in the name of climate change.”
“They want to take your guns. They want to take your gas stoves. Now they want to take your Xbox. What’s next?” Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, tweeted.
Conservative journalist John Ziegler also commented on the announcement, “Could this be what gets some young people to finally see the negative real-world effects of the #ClimateScam?! Or, on the other hand, could this be a very culturally productive thing. Done under the guise of a #ClimateEmergency?!”
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Commentator Rick DeVos hailed the announcement as part of a technological slide, “Another small tick in the chute we’re going down where all jobs, information, and general service degradation is celebrated as a great and glorious victory for The Planet/Justice. / etc.”
American Greatness editor and publisher Chris Buskirk responded, “You’ll own nothing and you’ll love it. ‘Deciding what to do with what I call ‘free time’ has given me anxiety but now that OpenAI owned by MSFT is ordering my days I’m free.’