AfterDawn: Tech news

Xbox One more aware of heat than Xbox 360

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 14 Aug 2013 17:35 User comments (2)

Xbox One more aware of heat than Xbox 360 Microsoft's Xbox One console is more aware of temperature and power usage than the Xbox 360 was, according to Xbox general manager of console development Leo del Castillo.
The Xbox 360 console was plagued for multiple years after it was released with hardware problems that often had overheating at their core. In later hardware revisions and software updates for the console, it became more sensitive to heat issues and would warn users and shut down if the system got too hot.

With the Xbox One, the console can scale back its power usage to a state that will produce much less heat, which is something the Xbox 360 couldn't do.

"One thing that we have more flexibility with...with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably," he 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 [be] in a mode that uses virtually no air flow."

Of course, to what degree the Xbox One will be functional if the system has to draw back on power is unclear at this point, but considering the problems the Xbox 360 faced, it's very important that Microsoft gets it right this time.

Read more of the interview with Gizmodo.

Previous Next  

2 user comments

114.8.2013 20:16

could possibly be the ONLY thing M$ will get right this generation.



218.8.2013 3:07

I own both a PS3 & 360. The PS3 has it's power supply internal, so does the PS4. Why does the Xbox One still have an external power supply? Moving the 360 back & forth from the lounge to the bedroom is a pain, having to manipulate that 'brick' around. Seeing that I need to hang on to both the PS3 & 360 to play their games, I am only going to buy either a PS4 or Xbox One. That 'brick' is a definite turn-off! How hard can it be to have the power supply internal Microsoft? Ask Sony! lol

Comments have been disabled for this article.

News archive