Microsoft is bragging about being the first 'carbon aware console' by forcing its gamers to power down to protect the environment.
In a recent press release, Microsoft announced:
Xbox is working to reduce our environmental impact to help us reach Microsoft's goal of being a carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste company by 2030 by rethinking how we design, build, distribute, and use our products.
Xbox focuses on becoming "a carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste company by 2030."
How very trendy.
Starting today, Xbox Insiders will notice that their Xbox Series X|S consoles automatically update to the Shutdown (energy saving) power option. This one-time update to your power settings will reduce your power consumption while your console is off, and will not affect performance, gameplay, or your console's ability to receive overnight updates to system, games or apps. Remote features are supported while the console is powered-on; however, remote wake is not supported while the console is shut down. You can adjust your settings at any time, choosing what works best for you. Shutdown (energy saving) cuts power use by up to 20X when it's off compared to Sleep.
Xbox encourages players to learn more about the power setting options and that this new setting "may result in lower carbon emissions."
They say that every two consoles that switch to Shutdown for one year (for 20 hours per day) are equivalent to planting one tree.
Can't I just plant a tree instead?
Or how about Microsoft plants a tree for every subscription?
Problem solved without forcing your customers to become climate hysterics.
We not only hold ourselves accountable to the carbon emissions in the production and distribution of our products, but to the emissions created with the use of our products in the homes of our fans as well.
Users are now forced to figure out how to manage this new setting and how to maintain the usual response time when they boot up their console.
Basically, Xbox is making players jump through hoops in order to play a video game (that they paid for, on a console they paid for) simply for the company to keep up with optics and freshen up their pandering skills.
Nice going, Xbox! You really shined a light on the climate scam.