Xbox One knows when it's overheating - Report

Microsoft reveals next-gen platform is capable of being aware of its temperature and can cool itself down if needed.

The Xbox One can automatically detect if it is overheating and can cool itself down to counteract the thermal pressure, according to Xbox general manager of console development Leo del Castillo.

Speaking with Gizmodo, del Castillo said Microsoft can't do anything to prevent users from putting pizza boxes on the Xbox One, but the system is designed to stay cool.

"We can't prevent misuse of the product," del Castillo said. "But we can certainly anticipate it. The way we designed the box, we don't actually intend it to ever have to go to maximum speed under normal environmental conditions. But there is overhead."

The Xbox One can scale back its power usage if an overheating scenario is detected, del Castillo said, adding that such a feature was not possible on the Xbox 360.

"One thing that we have more flexibility with…with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably," he said. "We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn't dissipate the heat, there wasn't a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can [be] in a mode that uses virtually no air flow."

It isn't clear if this lower Xbox One power state is achievable in games, or only in applications and other media functions. del Castillo explained that he isn't sure how a potential overheating scenario will look for users, but said an audio cue like increased fan noise may do the trick.

"I don't know the exact details of how it’ll show up to the user," del Castillo said. "But we try to be as transparent to the user as possible. We'll allow the fan to go all the way up to maximum speed. They might notice the extra noise, and that will help to self-correct the condition."

"If we get to the point where that is no longer enough, we have the mechanism, the interface, to deal with that," he added, though he didn't provide details as to how this would work.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. Those attending Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany can go hands-on with the device and some of its upcoming games, like Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome. Microsoft will also announce "exciting news" at the event.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

2492 comments
darksiED70
darksiED70

glad to see that microsoft has discovered another thing that has been in existence for the last 10 or 20 years.  they also discovered the blu ray drive.  what!  the xbox 180 might be almost as good as the ps3.  oh and you can freeken watch tv on the 180.  amazing!!!

Austin Burr
Austin Burr

Too little too late... now I'm gonna go put my deposit down on a PS4.

Luis Torres
Luis Torres

Xbox one shattering the charts!!!!!!

Luis Torres
Luis Torres

Another check on the list.... Dear Sony, when are u going to go next gen?

DarkTempest7
DarkTempest7

Reassuring to hear that it will cool down when overheating...
Like any other PC the past years.

Michael Scala
Michael Scala

I don't understand these marketing tactics by MS. They keep dishing out information about the system but, no-one seems to care.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Just be sure to have your windows closed while playing. With the speed the poor fan will achieve, the Xbox One might turn into a helicopter...

Altron Gundam
Altron Gundam

يازلمة بلا اكس بوكس بلا هم! هيها مرمية عندي و كل اللي لعبتها عليها جيرز اوف وار, و اني الاقي بعدها لعبة عليها العين مافي

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Also, I don't see "increased fan noise" being a good prompt for warning people that the console is overheating.  If mine suddenly sounded like a jet engine, I'd probably be opening it up trying to figure out what the hell is going on. 

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

I could have sworn the current generation of consoles already had part of this, what with the fans speeding up under heavy use.  Unless this is referring to something 'more advanced' like window prompts telling us to shut down before it melts like an overhead projector.  

Apastron
Apastron

"del Castillo explained that he isn't sure how a potential overheating scenario will look for users..."

I thought the red ring of death did the trick quite nicely.  It is not new, expensive or complex to design a system that can monitor temperature.

Andreas Nicolai Røtnes
Andreas Nicolai Røtnes

Guess i'm too old to get this "fanboy" thing. I mean whats more important here, the games or the things you play them on ? If "Xbox sucks" weeeell then dont buy it then, get your PS4 and enjoy. I like Snickers better than Bounty so instead of enjoying my Snickers i'm gonna tell everyone how much i dont like Bounty !

wagnagdag223
wagnagdag223

So, it's not just a simple matter of  keeping the system clean and placed on a hard surface?

Jeffrey Forder Jr.
Jeffrey Forder Jr.

Its easy to get mixed up when they're so close to each other. Sheesh. If it will make you extremely happy I'll fix it. Pathetic. Pathetic. Pathetic. Also, its should be it's. If you want to go into fixing mistakes. Silly Max.

alhussainnaseer
alhussainnaseer

that's it i had enough of u haters u r just jealous cause Xbox one is more more powerful and advanced so shut the fuck up and go buy Ur stupid PS4 !!

Glenn Robinson
Glenn Robinson

i think the word hater has been around for years.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

That's awesome, the Xbox One has been making all of the right moves lately. Can't wait to see what they show at Gamescom.

UmaSama
UmaSama

So...like any decent gaming PC of the past 10 years then...

lomar07
lomar07

"adding that such a feature was not possible on the Xbox 360." NO SHIT!!!

Max Gig
Max Gig

Its not gamestop, its gamespot, silly jeffrey

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Just add another $150 for a version with a built in AC unit.

greenpolyp
greenpolyp

Funny how now they are talking about Heat issues when they decided to add a few measly Megahurtz.. I guarantee the fan they add would make the console sound like a Leaf Blower.

dariusq
dariusq

Its called properly designing your machine from the get-go. Slim X360s for instance have a much lower incidence of overheating.

crushbrain
crushbrain

it knows when you are sleeping, it knows when you are awake. it knows when it is overheating, oh what more could be at stake hay you better watch out, you better not cry, xbox one is coming to town.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

What the hell is he even talking about? Is he suggesting a pop-up telling us to turn the Xbox off for a while and let it cool down? It's Microsoft's job to stop their console from destroying itself. Maybe they just don't like people playing games on the thing and would rather we all just use it for Skype and Bing.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

It feels or recognize the rejection expression on my face?

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

Lol fan control...hahaha..its not "rocket science"  ;)

Erick Ponce
Erick Ponce

Ok i think the PS2 can handle it to? right? because, well, anything with a cooler and an thermometer can do it.

chazm00
chazm00

@Luis Torres look up the pre-order sales for each console, moron

Raged4Life
Raged4Life

@Altron Gundam Dude ... You know I was just thinking the exact same thing. ....... said no one ever.

Raged4Life
Raged4Life

@Andreas Nicolai Røtnes Only in this case your comparing paper towels to chocolate and not two computers that play video games. 

Raged4Life
Raged4Life

@Frederick Quatman Hopefully some sick new tv shows and off season basket ball games. 

akiwak
akiwak

It knows all of this and more. Then reports it back to "Santa Claus"

Keaze_
Keaze_

@Captcrappypants It's like when Activision announced that for COD ghosts they had designed a ground breaking technology that allows the engine to lower the resolution of far away objects.

darksiED70
darksiED70

Innocent69. heres another news flash to you. Listen up this is shocking too. We play games on our ps3. we watch tv on this thing called TELEVISION! Shocking isnt it?

innocent69
innocent69

@akiwak Santa has Sony on his naughty list for not paying it's taxes to the ATO