During a recent chat with Gizmodo,  Xbox’s general manager of console development Leo del Castillo revealed that the next generation console from Microsoft will automatically recognize when its overheating and cool itself down.

“We can’t prevent misuse of the product,but we can certainly anticipate it,” del Castillo stated, adding. “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. So we’ll allow the fan to go all the way up to its maximum speed and if that solves the condition without the user having to do anything.”

The Xbox One will be able to scale back its power usage when it feels increased thermal stress- something that was impossible on the Xbox 360. This may be old news for PC gamers, but its a relatively new feature for consoles. “One thing that we have more flexibility with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably. We had a little less flexibility with the 360,” he explained. “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 in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”

It hasn’t been made clear if the low power state will be achieved in games or in media functions and applications only. del Castillo isn’t sure how the overheating scenario will present itself to console owners, but he bets an audio clue like a noisy fan may be enough. So what happens if the racket fails to get the user’s attention? Seems an annoying pop up across the screen is a last resort. “If we get to the point where that is no longer enough, we have the mechanism, the interface, to deal with that.”

The Xbox One is expected to launch Holiday Season 2013.

Source: Gizmodo

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