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Xbox One Will Automatically Detect & Avert Overheating

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, Overheating, Xbox One

Xbox One Will Automatically Detect & Avert Overheating

Though the Xbox One is ostensibly designed to never reach dangerously high temperatures, Microsoft can't do anything about people accidentally blocking vents or stashing it in airless AV cabinets. To this end, the entertainment system is designed to automatically detect and regulate its power supply to prevent overheating damage.

“We can’t prevent misuse of the product," Xbox General Manager of Console Development Leo del Castillo informed Gizmodo, "but we can certainly anticipate it."

"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."

In effect, the Xbox One will constantly be aware of its internal temperatures and massively throttle back on its power usage should things start getting hot and heavy. "With the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably, del Castillo continued. "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 in a mode that uses virtually no air flow."

This will doubtlessly come as good news to anyone who's owned more than two Xbox 360s, or spent agonising half-hours voluntarily cooking their console in a towel in a vain attempt to re-melt the solder. For the record, it worked once. For about two hours.

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Tsung  Aug. 14, 2013 at 12:31

I'm confused, I hate to sound like I'm Microsoft bashing but if the console can operate just fine in the lower power state why is it not running in this state all the time?

Still, hopefully this will fix the issue with watching any videos. The 360 was terrible for whacking the fans up to max as soon as I start watching an Xbox video on demand (they did some free film weekends a few months back). It was so loud I couldn't hear the film without whacking up the volume. Ironically the fan would never ramp up that loud when watching the same film using Netflix. :P

Late  Aug. 14, 2013 at 13:01

Aye, I'd be tempted to block the vents and force the machine to run more quietly.

If they said it monitors temperature, and when it gets dangerously hot it'll throw up a message on your screen saying it's going to power down if heat doesn't drop in the next minute then I could understand that.
But I'm getting hot so I'll stop using so much power?
Where's the cut being made?
Is it powering down non-essential stuff?
Shouldn't that be powered down anyway?
Is it powering something that'll get used?
Will performance suffer as a consequence?

Ah - performance should suffer.

Last edited by Late, Aug. 14, 2013 at 13:01
JonLester  Aug. 14, 2013 at 13:10

@Tsung & Late: As far as I understand it, this would be more of an emergency measure rather than an everyday occurrence. If the Xbox One detects that it's approaching its tolerance, it will throttle back, but will result in the console notably losing grunt if not entering standby mode.

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