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Xbox One will detect heat, power down to avoid meltdown

Tuesday, 13th August 2013 23:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft has implemented safeguards in the hopes of protecting your Xbox One from overheating and frying.

General manager of console development Leo del Castillo told Gizmodo that Microsoft has planned ahead for users doing silly things like packing objects over the console’s vents, or playing for extended periods in hot environments, by giving the Xbox One the ability to monitor its own thermal levels.

“The way we designed the box, we don’t actually intend it to ever have to go to maximum speed under normal environmental conditions,” he said.

“But there is overhead. So we’ll allow the fan to go all the way up to its maximum speed and if that solves the condition without the user having to do anything.”

Hopefully upon hearing a fan ramp up to maximum speed, the user will realise the console is suffering in the heat and take corrective measures; if not, the Xbox One’s interface will let them know it needs to breathe for a bit.

Meanwhile, if the fans aren’t cutting it, the console can power down considerably to protect its delicate innards.

“One thing that we have more flexibility with is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably,” del Castillo said.

“We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And 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 in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”

Xbox One will release in November. It won’t need to use a Kinect, which everyone’s very excited about.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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  1. Erthazus

    Safe Mode in other words.

    that won’t help it.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Lounds

    loading circle appears, program not responding… blue screen, memory dump, power off manually.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. drewbles82

    I can see it now. half an hr into the best game you ever played, doing the hardest setting, bout to finally win and a warning pops up, shutting down due to overheating and it doesnt give you chance to save. Two hours later you go to switch it back on, warning pops up, sorry for the delay but the xbox is still cooling down, try again later. The blue ring of death, where xbox assumes its too hot and never switches back on.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Sethos

    Wow, very 2000

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Gigabomber

    So why is everyone so excited that they won’t need to have kinect hooked up? don’t like the convenience of voice commands? You know, people are starting to wear top hats now too?

    #5 11 months ago
  6. runbmp

    lol, you don’t realize how freagin old the current consoles are until you realize they just caught up to CPU/GPU throttling in 2013.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. MCTJim

    so it does what a current PC does with Fans…nice to know that it has safeguards in place this time around.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. FuntimeBen

    Welcome to the future Microsoft. We’ve been expecting you… for years.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. M. K.

    Any clues how Sony is going to kool down the ps4?

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Llewelyn_MT

    My friend’s 1996 laptop does that. Good job Microsoft! :-D

    #10 11 months ago
  11. DrDamn

    @1
    Safe mode is for diagnosing and fixing configuration issues which are preventing an OS from operating normally. This is about keeping the system cool so it doesn’t cause damage by getting too hot.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. backup

    Warning xbot over heating

    closing xbot in 1 sec losing all save progress now fuck off and play awesome PS4

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Djoenz

    Warning Xbox1 is accumulating too much heat, connect to the cloud as soon as possible. (requires xbox gold)

    #13 11 months ago
  14. bradk825

    So I can’t wrap it in towels, put it in the oven and play Sim Bakery? Fuck.

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    @14
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTf1ELn3fs

    #15 11 months ago
  16. bradk825

    @15 Can’t go to Youtube on my work PC but I’ll check that out when I get home.

    #16 11 months ago