The Xbox One will be able to automatically regulate how hot it gets to stop itself from overheating according to Microsoft.
One of the methods used by the console will be the entering of a lower power mode according to Leo de Costill, the manager of console development for the Xbox One. However, the Xbox One’s ability to prevent overheating only kicks in if the console detects it’s being mistreated.
“We can certainly anticipate it,” said del Castillo when speaking of a potential scenario of the console being abused in a conversation with Gizmodo.
Another method the Xbox One will use to cool itself down will be using the player to do something about it. del Castillo tells us the console will give on screen prompts to the user informing them the system could be permanently damaged if nothing is done. However, this method is the very last resort should the other features of the Xbox One fail.
The Xbox One can also get the cooling fan spinning faster should the console need to cool down as well. Explaining this second method, del Castillo said “”The way we designed the box, we don’t actually intend it to ever have to go to maximum speed under normal environmental conditions.”
“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.”
Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One can lower its power usage to help cool down the console. “Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact it can in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”
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