Microsoft has received a lot of complaints lately for the Xbox One’s power consumption, specifically because of the console’s “Instant On” feature. So to make everything better, the company is going to offer an energy-saving mode for new customers in the U.S. when they set up their Xbox One for the first time.
Back in 2014 the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the power consumption of both Xbox One and PS4. These consoles both have a power state during which system updates and games can be downloaded in the background. That’s nice to have, but it does waste energy.
The NRDC was especially critical of the Xbox One, which has a feature that’s constantly listening for users to say “Xbox One,”. According to the NRDC this console is responsible for an extra $250 million in energy bill spending in the country. So you can see why they are being vocal about it. That is a large waste of energy.
Microsoft addressed the concerns in a blog post and said that continuous upgrades to the OS have resulted in a reduction of Instant-On power consumption by one-third since the Xbox One was launched back in November of 2013. That’s good progress. The company also said that it will give new customers in the country the choice of Instant-On or a new “Energy-Saving” mode. This choice comes up during the initial setup of new consoles and will show up in the coming months.
Existing Xbox One owners can enable the energy-saving mode by going to Settings-Power-Startup. At least Microsoft is addressing the issue.