Microsoft’s “Carbon Aware” Xbox console update draws criticisms, CHECK OUT DETAILS – On Jan. 11, Microsoft announced a new step towards achieving its goal of being a carbon-negative, water-positive, and zero-waste company by 2030. The company has decided to push forward an update for its Xbox consoles to force an energy saver mode into them.
With this one-time switch, the company claims that it will improve energy usage. When idle, the Xbox Series X/S will switch to standby mode. Users can choose the new active hours allowing them to maintain a balance between the two modes in settings.
Microsoft’s “Carbon Aware” Xbox console update draws criticisms
While the step can be seen as the company’s move towards a more environmentally friendly one, it has also drawn backlash from many communities. In a news coverage on Fox News Channel, this move was criticized as a “Green Agenda” by Xbox and Microsoft.
The news anchors stated that by adding these energy-saving features to Xbox consoles, they [Microsoft] are trying to recruit your kids into climate politics.
“But we understand what this is. It is not that it will actually offset emissions, the level of reductions is infinitesimal. But they are trying to recruit your kids into climate politics at an earlier age. Make them climate conscious now. They are going after the children.”
"They're trying to recruit your kids into climate politics"
Microsoft is facing backlash for adding energy-saving features to Xbox consoles
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) January 25, 2023
Despite this debate, users of the Xbox X and S series can change these updated settings as per their needs.
People who select the Sleep power option can now adjust their console’s active hours. The Xbox will boot quickly and will be available for remote wake during the selected active hours.
When the Xbox’s active hours are over for the day, it will fully shut down and will draw only 0.5 W against the 10-15 W that it used while being active.
Xbox Series X and S active hours have been automatically enabled and it is scheduled based on times when the console was previously used by the user. Meanwhile, Xbox One consoles will have the option to configure their active hours, which will default to “always active” unless changed by the user.
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