The Xbox 360 was plagued with failing hardware, so much in fact, Microsoft had to take a reportedly $1 billion loss to right its system’s wrongs. As we get closer to the Xbox One’s release, some people might be experiencing pre-launch jitters.
While there are rumors suggesting that Microsoft’s new console is built to last, the company itself is acknowledging some of the measures taken to keep the Xbox One operational during even the most strenuous circumstances.
Speaking to Gizmodo, Xbox’s general manager of console development, Leo del Castillo explained how the Xbox One is designed to adjust its power consumption to prevent system failure.
“With the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably. We had a little less flexibility with the 360,” he said. “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.”
It’s unknown what impact this safety feature may have on the console’s performance, but we’re pretty sure the tradeoff outweighs a fried system.