Microsoft is planning to switch all Xbox consoles over to a new energy-saving mode in an attempt to cut down on energy bills and help contribute to a greener future. At the moment, all Xbox consoles feature a Shutdown power option that when you turn off your console with the setting enabled, the device completely powers down. However, many users still make use of the more convenient Instant On “sleep” mode which leaves the console in a low-power state to update games, sync content and more.
The downside to this Instant On mode is that unless you listen for the fan on the console, you won’t actually know whether or not the console is on. Most users have likely turned off the Xbox Series X/S for days on end with the Instant On mode enabled and it has continued to use electricity in the meantime.
Microsoft is planning to change this with its new switchover. In a new firmware update, Microsoft will change all Xbox Series X/S consoles over to Shutdown mode automatically. Users will have to manually go and enable Instant On if they want to.
“This one-time update to your power settings will reduce your power consumption while your console is off, and will not affect performance, gameplay, or your console’s ability to receive overnight updates to system, games or apps. Remote features are supported while the console is powered-on; however, remote wake is not supported while the console is shut down.”
Apart from the automatic switchover, Microsoft will also roll out a new Active Hours mode in the future. The setting will allow users the ability to select active hours in which they use their console. During these times, their Xbox Series X/S consoles will boot into Instant On mode. Outside of these hours, the console will fully shut down using the Shutdown setting.
Microsoft says the Active Hours settings will automatically configure on the Xbox Series X/S depending on when last the console was used.
The new settings are but a small step towards a more energy-efficient future. Microsoft says that the Shutdown mode on the Xbox Series X/S only uses 0.5W of power. The Instant On mode used 15W. So if your Xbox console is just sitting waiting for Starfield, you might want to switch it to Shutdown mode in the meantime.
Source: Xbox news