Microsoft’s Xbox One has a host of new hardware and technical features over its predecessor, the Xbox 360, but one of its most valuable additions will be the ability to regulate its power state.
Xbox’s general manager of console development Leo del Castillo was asked about the concerns of overheating (a common problem with the early Xbox 360 models), and del Castillo explained the developers catered for that, giving the console the ability to detect and compensate for heat conditions.
“The way we designed the box, we don’t actually intend it to ever have to go to maximum speed under normal environmental conditions. But there is overhead,” Castillo said.
“With the architecture of the Xbox One… we can dial back the power of the box considerably,” said del Castillo. “We had a little less flexibility with the 360. So basically, if we couldn’t dissipate the heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down.
“Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can [operate] in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”
The Xbox One launches in late 2013 for a price of $499.