Microsoft recently emailed a questionnaire to users of the Xbox Insider program, raising speculation that the company is looking into new methods to make its Xbox Series X|S console more energy-efficient. By reducing some graphical aspects in games, the business is reportedly investigating several potential graphics solutions for PC and console use.
Xbox Series X and Energy-Saving Graphics
In order to save electricity on an Xbox console or PC, the survey asks participants if they would be ready to play games with lower graphics—for example, lower resolutions and frame rates—instead. Microsoft wants to know how customers would like these features to be branded, with examples like “eco-saving” and “energy-saving” offered. This feature may be applied to games that are active or dormant.
Although there isn’t a specific figure for how much power a user would be able to save by switching their game from a regular quality or performance mode option to one with an energy-saving setup, this proposed idea builds on several other green initiatives that Microsoft has executed during its current Xbox cycle.
One such example is the Xbox Series X|S standby option, which enables users to significantly reduce the amount of power the console consumes while it’s not in use. In eco-saver mode, the system consumes about 20 times less power than it does in instant-on mode.
These thoughts are being offered as the UK and Europe prepare for what may be a very brutal winter. In the midst of sharply rising living expenses, the UK is predicting rolling blackouts, while other European countries are advising their residents to use less energy in the winter.