"Do It At Your Own Risk"
If you've pre-ordered your launch day Xbox One and are thinking about slotting it into the cabinet underneath your TV in a nice, tidy vertical orientation, you might want to start coming up with back-up plan. Speaking to GameSpot at this year's Tokyo Game Show, senior director of product management Albert Panello has revealed that because of the slot loading disc drive the Xbox One will need to placed horizontally, and that it's upon the users head if they decide to go against this advice. "We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk," Panello has warned, "we just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both [orientations]."
Although Penello states that it isn't an issue to do with cooling, he went on to mention that Microsoft have found "80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally." With the original versions having a traditional tray-style drive, we're not sure that applies here, especially when other consoles with slot loading disc drives, such as the PS3, PS4, and Wii U, remain unaffected. Regardless, it will be interesting to learn exactly why this is a problem is the first place, and how they plan to inform the masses who don't read industry news to avoid any potential issues during the console's launch this November. [GameSpot]