Xbox Update Aims to Help Console Owners Reduce Carbon Emissions
Author: Rebekah Valentine
A new update being pushed to Xbox Insiders today aims to help console owners participate in reducing carbon emissions while their consoles are turned off or performing scheduled updates and maintenance. Announced in an Xbox Wire post, Xbox Insiders' Xbox Series X and S consoles will automatically be updated to the "Shutdown (energy saving)" power option. Microsoft says that this update reduces power use by up to 20x while the console is turned off without impacting performance. "Remote wake" will not be available while Xboxes in this setting are powered down, though all other remote features will remain available when the console is on. While in this mode, Xbox consoles that are powered on and connected to the internet will also use available regional carbon intensity data to schedule regular maintenance and other updates during times when more renewable energy is available on the grid. For Windows users, this feature is very similar to one that rolled out on Windows 11 last year.