Computer hardware are bound to overheat. This could be either because of a user oversight, or a poorly designed hardware stuffed inside an ill-conceived box. Case in point, the Xbox 360.
When the Xbox 360 released back in 2005, users quickly found out that the slight bit of stress could lead to a premature demise of the system. Overheating and poor soldering were determined as the cause of Xbox 360′s fragile existence. It was a widespread problem, giving birth to the term ‘Red Rings of Death’ as every other Xbox 360 heaved its last breath by flashing three red lights only months after being put into use. This lead Microsoft to accept its error and pour more than $1 billion in order to provide users with replacements.
With the Xbox One, it’s upcoming home console, Microsoft is taking a mound of precautions to ensure the system is well ventilated and lasts more than a few months. One such precaution will be that the system can auto-regulate power to prevent overheating.
Speaking to Gizmodo, Microsoft’s general manager of console development Leo Del Castillo, revealed that Xbox One can dial itself into a low power state to keep itself from getting too hot.
“One thing that we have more flexibility with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably,” said del Castillo. “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 [be] in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”
What’s not immediately clear is how this self-regulation will affect using the system, and if it will be usable for other apps if not gaming. However, during gameplay, Castillo clarified that the Xbox One will notify the user of any impending catastrophe with some type of notification.
What do you think of the Xbox One so far? Do you think the system will be more sturdy and last longer now that it closely matches the structure of a typical PC? Let us know in the comments!