Xbox One designed to be switched on for a total of Ten Years

#1 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (3778 posts) -

Citing "inside sources at Microsoft", the article states that the design of the Xbox One was based on a brief that bore the 10-year lifecycle in mind, in which the console would remain switched on.

As a result of the desire for the console to operate continuously for ten years, it would be required to function with adequate heat dissipation. The machine's cooling needs has produced a unit that measures 34x26x8cm and functions "almost silently".

Fan noise would only be noticeable during gaming, when the AMD processor is under duress.

Reducing game load times in the Xbox One are also listed as a key feature which Microsoft is addressing. By retaining "game states in RAM while the unit is inactive", users would allegedly be able to resume playing a game with minimal waiting time upon waking up the console.

GameSpot: Xbox One designed to be switched on for 10-year period - Report

Well I'm wondering if this thing has a 'sleep mode,' since this thing is so built like a PC and all. Nevermind, it seems to be that it does have a sleep mode. I'm psyched. :D I don't really wanna be signed in for ten years.

#2 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

I think it means its designed to not have over heating issues.

#3 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

By 10 years we'll probably have a new console..

#4 Posted by TheHBK (5563 posts) -

Yeah, this really shows they are super serious about reliability and durability. I know the red ring stuff has put people off this gen but something like that really scared MS into making reliability a priority. That is why the Xb1 is so much bigger than the PS4, there is a bigger fan and the heat sink is supposed to be of better quality. I dont know how they are going to be cooling the PS4, I would be interested in noise level since it is supposed to use the same CPU but at a higher clock speed.

I don't see a slim for the xbox one coming out for another 3 years at the least. This Jaguar processor is fabricated using the 28nm process, and I haven't found any announcements or plans by AMD to us anything smaller. Intel has those plans out in the open.

#5 Posted by JouselDelka (966 posts) -

I'm sorry, I'm not even a console player (only own a PS3 that I never use) and even I know that literally anything they tell you about hardware is bullshit.

We all know how big the X360 and PS3 were talked up before release, and how much of a physical fuck-up the hardware actually was. I heard horror stories about the hardships it caused thousands if not millions of pre-orderers, and read about both companies struggling financially because of the fiasco that it was.

Don't believe anything these console makers tell you about the hardware's strength, they're as honest as Infinity Ward is talking about the Call of Duty innovation.

#6 Posted by Benny (1955 posts) -

@blu3v3nom07: Yes it has a sleep mode, they mentioned it a lot during E3. This is so you can say "Xbox On" or whatever to the kinect to power it up.

#7 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (3778 posts) -

I think it means its designed to not have over heating issues.

Yea, probably. I still don't see how both systems are gonna get over their soldering problem from last time. But maybe I stand corrected now that the 360E and SuperSlim see to do okay.

By 10 years we'll probably have a new console..

I'm think that they're gonna do a XONE2 and PS4.2, rather than another outright console. From I've read, the XONE is made so that you can buy another XONE version in another 5 years, with more RAM and such. Amusing rumors are still amusing, I'm sure.

@thehbk said:

Yeah, this really shows they are super serious about reliability and durability. I know the red ring stuff has put people off this gen but something like that really scared MS into making reliability a priority. That is why the Xb1 is so much bigger than the PS4, there is a bigger fan and the heat sink is supposed to be of better quality. I dont know how they are going to be cooling the PS4, I would be interested in noise level since it is supposed to use the same CPU but at a higher clock speed.

I'm glad to read about this type of stuff. I'm really considering not buying a warranty on both. MS seemed to do pretty well handling the 3 year 360 warranties at some point. I'm sure I could just exchange out with them, but it'd be nice not to get the same annoying headlines this time again.

@benny said:

@blu3v3nom07: Yes it has a sleep mode, they mentioned it a lot during E3. This is so you can say "Xbox On" or whatever to the kinect to power it up.

Well that clears that up. Like I said, I'd like to know what sleep mode is then. It'd be really nice to have this feature this time around, honestly. I'd still like for it to sign me out after a couple of minutes I put it to sleep, then.

#8 Posted by AlexGlass (688 posts) -

Love the gigantic fan. Never seen one so big in such a small device. The motherboard is also very large with each major component getting plenty of space in between. This is one device that would be a breeze to open up and poke around, especially for cleaning the fan.

The simplest thing I've seen since my Toshiba Satellite c655 laptop, which is also very, very well designed. Makes cleaning the fan so easy to reach. More manufacturers need to start doing this and stop freaking burying them under everything else! And should especially stop attaching them in such a way that the heatsink needs to be removed and thermal paste replaced just for taking the fan out, which is a big pain in the ass and adds unnecessary cost to a simple task.

The box itself a bit bigger than expected, but it's obvious MS built it for durability and performance this time around, not looks.

#9 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (3028 posts) -

I don't even think it is possible to run something that complex in an average home continuously for ten years. A device with a fan will eventually suck in enough dust to kill it, unless you run it in a clean room. So while they might mouth the words it can run for ten years, they have not engineered it to even run a whole year continuously.

I dare someone to run their Xbox One for a two years straight without turning it off and you must play it at least three hours per week. Furthermore, you can clean the outside as much as you want but it has to sit in the open on your entertainment center and you cannot crack the case to clean it.

What do you win if you do it? My condolences when it catches fire, and my best wishes if your family is hurt via smoke, flames, or being trampled in the escape. I am wholly convinced Xbox One or a PS4 would break or catch fire if run like that.

#10 Posted by dudeglove (8276 posts) -

But what if you aren't planning on living that long?

#11 Posted by Nictel (2436 posts) -

"We made this overheating jetplane last time. This is not like that."

#12 Posted by AlexGlass (688 posts) -

I don't even think it is possible to run something that complex in an average home continuously for ten years. A device with a fan will eventually suck in enough dust to kill it, unless you run it in a clean room. So while they might mouth the words it can run for ten years, they have not engineered it to even run a whole year continuously.

I dare someone to run their Xbox One for a two years straight without turning it off and you must play it at least three hours per week. Furthermore, you can clean the outside as much as you want but it has to sit in the open on your entertainment center and you cannot crack the case to clean it.

What do you win if you do it? My condolences when it catches fire, and my best wishes if your family is hurt via smoke, flames, or being trampled in the escape. I am wholly convinced Xbox One or a PS4 would break or catch fire if run like that.

I run my laptops 24/7 for years but yes I usually clean the fan yearly or every 6 months but I have gone as much as 2 and a half years without opening one up. Of course mine get especially bad when you smoke or keep it in the kitchen where there's a lot of cooking taking place.

But the Xbox One certainly seems to be designed that way

. I mean this thing is designed to run 3-4 years.

And the X1's quite a big difference.

A whole lot of fan, and lots of space with a lot of ventilation.

#13 Edited by isomeri (1415 posts) -

It's great that they are putting more effort into cooling and audio pollution, but then again I do remember Microsoft talking about the same exact thing at the time of the 360 launch.

#14 Posted by chiablo (999 posts) -

To be fair, a 360 that red ringed could also be left on for 10 years... With those shiny red LEDs staring at you day and night.

#15 Edited by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

This is pretty cool. I guess we don't have much to fear in terms of the hardware overheating. Makes me glad. MS learned their lesson.

#16 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1896 posts) -

anything they tell you about hardware is bullshit.

At this point, yup.

It's not going to stop people from seeking out more information, or PR people treating to create hype and spin during the down time.

#17 Posted by zeeshanaayan07 (12 posts) -

xbox is the brilliant designed by microsoft. I appreciate his thinking

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