Xbox Series consoles set to power-saving mode can now download updates, which should alleviate some environmental concerns around electrical devices left in standby.
Microsoft has announced a number of new sustainability efforts, including a software upgrade to its control panels to encourage users to switch to more energy-efficient settings.
Power saving mode consumes about 20 times less power than instant-on, but was previously unable to automatically download software and system updates.
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Showing confidence in the new update, Microsoft made power saving mode the default option when players initially set up their Xbox consoles.
Of course, instant-on still has some benefits, allowing Xbox to go from off to signed in within seconds. However, using energy saving mode is much better for the environment and will help users save money on electricity.
Xbox’s other sustainability efforts include making the company carbon-negative, water-positive and zero-waste by 2030. At that point, the company will aim to design all of its consoles. Xbox products and packaging are 100% recyclable in certain countries. Xbox Series S and Xbox controllers are also now made with recycled plastic.
In our October 8 review, IGN said “The Xbox Series X is a quiet, compact, laser-targeted console that will make 4K/60fps gaming the great new standard.” , but it still lacks as many must-play games as the competition.”
On the other hand, we give the Xbox Series S a 7/10, saying it “has its place and can shine as a second console, but it’s hard to recommend as your primary gaming platform.” due to the 1440p resolution and stifling amount of storage.”
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer on IGN who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.
https://www.ign.com/articles/xbox-series-consoles-energy-saver-mode-download-updates-x-s Xbox Series X and S can now download updates in Power Saver Mode