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

Microsoft's next-gen console was devised with the intention to be turned on for the entirety of its 10-year lifespan.

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One console was designed for a 10-year lifespan that would see it switched on for the entire period, Eurogamer has reported.

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.

Microsoft confirmed earlier this year that the Xbox One will support 3D and 4K, the latter being touted as the next version of high definition. 4K is officially named Ultra HD and aims to replace 1080i/p as the highest-resolution signal available for video content.

For more on Microsoft's next-generation platform, check out GameSpot's interview with Xbox executive Phil Spencer on used games, always-on, and Kinect 2.0.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

2769 comments
Rick_Berman
Rick_Berman

Good news, gang! The end is in sight.

suren1998
suren1998

wow definitely no red ring part 2 on the xbox, thats for sure :) 

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Two glaring problems with this: power surges, and running costs.


Now, complaints towards surges are kinda moot now since you'd be a fool if you don't have the thing hooked up to a surge protector, but it's still possible that it could be damaged in some way regardless.

Also, electricity in the UK is not cheap. In fact, it's pretty much extortion now. And unless you're prepared to pay every pound and penny in your pocket to keep it on constantly, it won't be worth it in the end.

leeveeu
leeveeu

I'm regretting this :(

blackzio
blackzio

lol, if in then years im still playing a 10 year old game, kill me... bunch of idiots *turns on half life 2*

whiteranger23
whiteranger23

I think I just heard the Electric Company's eyes do that KA-CHING sound when the money symbols appear in place of their retinas. Yanno like in cartoons? And no not the "Hey you guys!!" Electric Company, the bastards who charge you $100 for leaving the light on 95% of the month or using your tv for 4 hours a day,everyday

Ultima1193
Ultima1193

A lot of people on here and maybe even the writer misunderstood what was being said... They never said there's no power button and you CAN'T shut it off, it's just saying if you wanted to, you could leave it on for 10 years straight because it's hardware was designed so you'd never have to shut it off...

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

Seeing as I have no social life, this news is awesome!

blakeney
blakeney

"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."

 If this works like Pc shutdowns with Win8, It should make the load time a lot faster.

Hoaph
Hoaph

In future news, Xbox owners can no longer afford electricity.

SuperLegends
SuperLegends

Xbone never shuts off, Kinect always watching you, Microsoft coproduced prism with feds....I don't like where this is going...everyone, especially potheads think twice about buying Xbox Watch You

ThursdayNight
ThursdayNight

What if the Xbox One crashes? Sometimes my 360 crashes and all I gotta do is turn the power off. What does this mean if the X1 crashes?

redskinStu
redskinStu

And people wonder why there's brown-outs hitting regions.

innocent69
innocent69

OMG, the always online policy was actually a blessing in disguise because it forced MS to build a console with a very reliable cooling system !!!

grbolivar
grbolivar

LOL current PC gamers already have rigs +powerful than this crap, and they really think it will last 10y? In 2 years we'll have 4K 120hz monitors becoming mainstream and this CrapBox can not handle that much power, it will be a heavy paperweigth by then LOL

jark888
jark888

I really wish GS cover GameStop Expo too.

tduhon07
tduhon07

Seriously dudes, Sony said the same thing for the PS3.


Something along the lines of a "10 year plan" without the continuous use. Many PS3s will outlive that 10 year period.


This is a marketing ploy to show users that the heat problems of the 360 are a thing of the past.

Marky360
Marky360

Wait so what MS only guarantees the console to operate for 10 years what after that it breaks down. This is some BS I still have my freaking Sega Genesis after all this damn time and it still works. That's so freaking dumb but hey at least MS was upfront with us this time. Your console will only last you 10 years at which point it will self destruct LOL thanks a lot Microsoft.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Xbox One designed to not be bought and sit on store shelves for 10 years.

Verenti
Verenti

My favourite part of this story is that the system is designed to run for 10 years straight. Ergo, it is not designed to run for 11 years. Got to love planned obsolescence. Microsoft telling you that your Xbox One isn't going to be there to show your kids or whatever. Or that your  Xbox One won't outlast your Xbox 1.

spindie
spindie

After hundreds hours of research, numerous bar graphs, and creating countless realtime 3D renderings of microsoft's upcoming xbox one entertainment system, i have come up with an ingenious plan to undermine microsoft's plans to keep the system powered on indefinately. If you look closely on the back of the entertainment system there is a corresponding A/C power wire, if my theories are correct you should be able to de-activate the system with a swift tug of this wire. Approximately eight pounds of cubic pulling pressure should be enough to do dislodge such a wire. Shh

Vodoo
Vodoo

These consoles support 3D and 4k but they can't use wireless AC? They're both still using wireless N. I don't get why no one has even brought this up.

My Asus laptop came with an AC network card installed and the difference is mind blowing. I still have an N router, but just with the AC card in the laptop I get almost double the distance. Not to mention that AC routers are wireless gigabit routers. So the distance and speed increase that AC has over N is more than enough reason to use it. 

It seems like Microsoft and Sony are pulling a Nintendo with this... being cheap.

cyclonebw
cyclonebw

This gen will not last 10 years for sure.  I can picture console gens accelerating to the releasing of the Iphones.  haha   Maybe not that bad. . .

FarginIcehole
FarginIcehole

In year 11 of it's lifespan, it will need to be euthenized.  On a similar note, it would be weird if MS designed it so when it completed a 10 year cycle, it shut down and could not be restarted.  Maybe they already thought of this...

senjutsu
senjutsu

Always on, and they just announced they will overclock their cadency... I wonder how fast the console will burn...

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

Seriously, Microsoft, I cannot get behind most of your ideas.
And I'm still going to buy One.
This is going to drive me nuts, seeing's how I turn everything off in my house.

...

Makoto03
Makoto03

i can't imagine the power consumption issues with this.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

So wait if this thing is designed to be on for 10 years if this is hooked to an internet connection couldn't MS access our consoles themselves and turn the cam on and enable all the features they want without us knowing ?  Just because MS says we can disable the spy features doesn't mean they don't have the ability to turn them back on through the internet connection.

fbidog
fbidog

I think 8 years will be the maximum life of this gen 

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

Looks like M$ has a time-travel machine in hands so they can see how things go 10 years after today. I'd rather buy that machine instead of XONE cuz it's definitely more interesting but M$ doesn't seem to have a properly-working mind about market so they won't let me. :(

joe843
joe843

Why a company would make a console that is $500.00 (not counting accessories, games, Xbox Live, additional warranty) and have it stay on for 10 years is crazy!  (No offense to those with mental issues, I just cannot honestly think of another way to accurately describe this decision if its true.)  What about when I am at work or I get busy and can't play the Xbox for a few days?  Why do I want my investment in my entertainment to stay on?  Perhaps Microsoft has no intention of getting rid of the 24 hr 'suicide check' as they have been touting after the initial backlash?  I am not getting an Xbox One, unless I was to win one or of course get one as a gift....otherwise I will wait and get a PS4 when I can.  

JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

Yes, the Xbox360 got the RROD pretty often. I don't understand why people insist on believing, before the system has even come out yet, that the Xbox One is going to do the same thing. It would make sense from a business standpoint, and engineering standpoint, that they would invest a lot of time, and money, into making sure that Xbox One doesn't have the same fate as the 360 (in regards to the RROD). Being pessimistic for the sake of being pessimistic is irrational and will lead to poor decisions - the XboxOne and the PS4 both have the potential to be great systems...but right now its only "potential" because they haven't come out yet. 


Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

@SuperLegends ...really???

dsb333
dsb333

@grbolivar 

"...In 2 years we'll have 4K 120hz monitors becoming mainstream..." 

Why do you say that? That sounds a *little* far-fetched.

Geardudu
Geardudu

@grbolivarIt will last probably until 2020, so if I can let it turned on all this time, this is great news. There are no PC's that last so long without upgrades, but consoles are supported with games running at the machine's full capacity until the end of their lives.

We have 78 million Xbox 360 and 78,4 million PS3 sold to date and people are happy with it. They don't care about every new technology companies shove up our asses saying it is a MUST BUY because YOU NEED IT. Have fun spending thousands of dollars on a gaming rig because it have prettier visuals while we play Halo 4, The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption, GTA V and so on.

ThursdayNight
ThursdayNight

@tduhon07 What heat problem? My 360 kept me warm all winter. Thank Xbox 360 for keeping me warm.

Ultima1193
Ultima1193

@Marky360 As was probably said already, if you bought an Xbox One, it does shut off, but if you didn't want to, that's fine too, you can leave it on for 10 years straight

tduhon07
tduhon07

@Marky360 I believe you misunderstood what they meant. 

10 years of continuous use, as in you never turn the console off.

 Your genesis probably has weeks, or months of actual play time on it.

Ultima1193
Ultima1193

@spindie Cute, but the Xbox One does come with a power button, and not only that, it's easier to push than unplugging the "A/C Power wire"

Babykiloz
Babykiloz

@Chizaqui Don't worry you'll still be able to turn it off lol. If you wanted it on for 10years it could do it. Even if it couldn't turn off, you could unplug it or something it's not impossible.

Elena_The_Turk
Elena_The_Turk

@Makoto03 Exactly! MS is promoting carbon emissions by developing a product that is on 24/7 for 10 years :I

Marky360
Marky360

Well there probably looking at the Xbox One like it were a cable box I leave me Cable box on indefinitely only shutting it off on the ocation when the power goes out. Since the Xbox One can access TV like a cable box they probably expect ppl to leave it on as well.

MrRyubusa
MrRyubusa

@joe843 The console costs $500.00 so that they can include Kinect and have developers have an incentive to develop new software for it, as all consumers will have the device available. I'm also pretty sure it runs in a low power state when it's off, I highly doubt Microsoft would create technology that doesn't boast power efficiency, it's pretty standard these days in any electronic device. 

Elena_The_Turk
Elena_The_Turk

@JediMasterJ42 M$ cares about making money, they'll go the cheap way first and when that has problems they'll milk everyone for more money by releasing an 'elite' version of the console that fixes it.


Wouldn't surprise me if they deliberately put things like that in in the first place...

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Geardudu @grbolivar The biggest myth between non-PC gamers is that PC rigs costs thousands of $, in part is truth, but that's only for enthusiasts. My rig was just $450 INCLUDING a SSD, and that rig is at the same level of a PS4/X1, I  can play most games at 1080p 50-60fps.

So in just a couple of years, according to Moore's Law, you can get a PC double the power the PS4/X1, for the same cost (or a bit more), so why get stuck on old tech for 10 years? I can picture them announcing the "next gen" in just 5 years.

The market is not the same as 2006, and now that Steam reached +60m users, PC components prices keep droping each year, consoles are in danger.

And yes, hardware and tech is important even if people don't want to admit it, ask the WiiU.


JediMasterJ42
JediMasterJ42

@Elena_The_Turk @JediMasterJ42 Your view here is what Im talking about when I say "being pessimistic for the sake of being pessimistic." - You stated your opinion as if it were based off of fact - "M$ cares about making money, they'll go the cheap way first and when that has problems..." - I'm assuming you don't work for Microsoft, and so you don't actually know that they're gonna go the cheap way first. That is just a strange and backwards assumption you have made. You also state that "M$ cares about making money"...as if we don't live in a capitalist society; every single corporation out there cares about making money. And because Microsoft cares about making money, it is unlikely they will building a Xbox One that is doomed to fail so that they can then spend more money researching, developing, marketing and producing a new Xbox One. It is more logical that the Xbox Elite was Microsoft saving their ass because of the RROD; I'm sure they realized people weren't going to continue buying the regular Xbox360 since it had a reputation for dying. So, I WOULD be extremely surprised if Microsoft deliberately put things like that in there. Yes, Microsoft (like most corporations) is money greedy, but from a business stand point - making a product that is doomed to fail is never going to produce more revenue than making a product that works as advertised. 

Marky360
Marky360

Ya know that plan sounds pretty stupid but with how stupid the average consumer has proven to be in recent years(buying a new 360 after there original one broke, paying for a service that everyone else gets free)it's actually a possibility that ppl would be dumb enough to where Microsoft could build a busted Xbox One sell it to ppl and then just sell them a newer version when there original breaks down like planned.

Geardudu
Geardudu

@grbolivar @Geardudu Wii it's weaker than its counterparts but sold 20+ million units more than 360 or PS3, because it's movement controllers were interesting and it was cheap. Wii U doesn't really have any big inovation, is weaker and One has SmartGlass while PS4 has Vita.

What's important is that games are still beautiful on this gen, like The Last Of Us, even if that doesn't mean 4k res at 120fps. They'll reach a standard on next-gen that will be ok for everyone while it lasts. Consoles are competing against each other, not against PC. 

PS: I own an Xbox 360, 3DS and a 2 year working PC that is good for games as well (I run BF3 at high with 30fps). I'm not saying specs are not important or that PC's aren't good for gaming, but they're two different things. People should get both, in my opinion.