New Microsoft Xbox Console Feature Allows Downloads in Power Saving Mode


Power save mode consumes approximately 20 times less power than sleep mode when the console is not in use or not receiving updates

San Francisco: Microsoft has released a major update for the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles that would make it capable of downloading system as well as game updates in power saving mode.

“Now, system and game updates can be downloaded in Energy Saver mode, which saves even more energy,” says Dave McCarthy, vice president of Xbox operations.

“Energy Saver mode consumes about 20 times less power than Standby mode when the console is not in use or not receiving updates,” he added.


To enable Power Saving Mode already, you can head to Settings > Sleep & Startup Mode > Sleep Mode > Power Saver.

The company said its Xbox products, accessories and packaging will all be 100% recyclable by 2030 in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

‘Plastic waste’

Microsoft reduced plastic waste by 500,000 kg by converting all Xbox gift cards to cardboard materials.

Microsoft is also working to bring mouse and keyboard integration to Xbox Cloud Gaming, with platform-level support currently in development for the service.

The move will provide a new choice of devices for experiencing Xbox titles via cloud streaming, accompanying the existing touch controls prevalent among mobile users.

It would also improve accessibility on platforms such as Windows and macOS, where mice and keyboards are common accessories.

Xbox Cloud Gaming, formerly known as Xbox Project xCloud, has continued to grow since its 2019 trials, since launching with a native Android app, as well as a web app available for iOS and desktop computers, according to The report.

Microsoft also introduced Xbox console support in late 2021, later enabling Xbox Series X exclusives | S like Microsoft Flight Simulator moving to aging Xbox One consoles.

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