Modern Xbox consoles will soon have a new default setting that regulates the power consumption of video game systems to protect the environment.
“Xbox is working to reduce our impact on the environment to help us achieve Microsoft’s goal of being a carbon-negative, water-positive, and zero-waste company by 2030 by rethinking the way we design, build, distribute and use our products,” a press release from Microsoft’s Xbox Wire said.
Xbox said it was focusing on carbon emissions “in our fans’ homes.” According to the statement, “We not only hold ourselves responsible for the carbon emissions in the production and distribution of our products, but also for the emissions created by the use of our products in the homes of our fans.”
The press release noted that consoles will become “carbon aware” through a software update. “Being carbon conscious means reducing the carbon footprint by optimizing updates and downloads to run when the console can use the most renewable energy,” Xbox explained.
The same announcement indicates that new energy-saving features are automatically applied.
“Starting today, Xbox Insiders will notice that their Xbox Series X|S consoles automatically update to the Off (power saving) power option,” Xbox Wire wrote. “This one-time update to your power settings will reduce your power consumption when your console is off and will not affect your console’s performance, gameplay, or ability to receive nightly system updates, games or apps.”
The press release also stated, “With shutdown (power saving) selected, Xbox One consoles will experience a slower startup time.”
Xbox implored users to be aware of the impact ‘gaming’ has on the environment, “We can’t do this alone. We need to work with our players, developers, studios and the industry if we’re going to help reduce the game’s “environmental impact.”
Some Twitter users slammed news of technological change.
“This decision was most likely made on one of the company’s private business jets,” said video and podcast producer Lauren Chen.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., tweeted, “First gas stoves, then your coffee, now they’re aiming for your Xbox.”
The Young America’s Foundation tweeted: “Lol now the woke brigade is after video games in the name of climate change.”
“They want to take your guns. They want to take your gas stoves. And now they want to take your Xbox. What next?” Representative Troy Nehls, R-Texas, tweeted.
Conservative journalist John Ziegler also commented on the announcement: “Could this finally make some young people realize the real negative impacts of #ClimateScam? done under the guise of the so-called #UrgenceClimate?!”
Commentator Rick DeVos slammed the announcement as part of a tech slippery slope, “Just another little marker on the chute as we zoom down where every feature, experience and general service level degradation is celebrated as a great and glorious victory for The Planet/Justice/etc.”
American Greatness editor and publisher Chris Buskirk replied, “You won’t own anything and you’ll love it. ‘Deciding what to do with my so-called ‘free time’ has given me anxiety, but now that MSFT-owned OpenAI rules my days. I’m worry-free.'”