With skyrocketing food, fuel and energy bills, it’s fair to say we could all do with a little help to save money and beat the cost of living crisis. Gaming hardware isn’t always the cheapest to use, especially during marathon sessions of FIFA, Call of Duty, or World of Warcraft. You certainly don’t want to waste money for no reason, so Xbox Series X/S owners are advised to check out one particular setting.
Indeed, if you thought back a few weeks back, we told you how you could save money by switching the Xbox console’s “Instant On” setting to “Energy Saving” mode.
The “Instant On” feature essentially keeps the console on standby, letting you resume the action immediately when you turn on your Xbox.
“Power Saving” mode, on the other hand, completely turns off your console and requires a full restart when you turn it back on. While it takes a little longer to get back online, the “Energy Saving” reboot is still fast enough not to be too frustrating.
It’s certainly not worth paying an extra £5 a month, which is the estimated cost since energy prices rose in October.
What you might not realize is that older Xbox Series X and Series S models have “Instant On” set by default, while newer models are set to “Energy Saving” right out of the box. the box.
Switching from “Instant On” to “Energy Saving” is as simple as visiting the “Profile & System” section of the Xbox Dashboard and selecting “Settings”.
In the “Settings” menu, go to “Sleep mode and startup”, select the “Sleep mode” option and set it to “Power saving”.
As a reminder, Xbox Series X/S consoles purchased before 2022 will not have this setting enabled by default, so it is strongly recommended to check anyway.
If you want to save even more money with your Xbox, a Game Pass subscription is a must.
Xbox Game Pass costs £7.99 per month for consoles only, or £10.99 for Ultimate, which covers consoles, PC and Gold.
Upcoming Game Pass titles include blockbuster hits like Scorn and A Plague Tale: Requiem.
“Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of strange shapes and dark tapestry,” reads the official description.
“It’s designed around the idea of ’being thrown into the world’. Isolated and lost in this dreamlike world, you’ll explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear way.”