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New Xbox Update Helps Reduce Environmental Impact

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Microsoft’s goal to be a carbon-negative, water-positive, and zero-waste company by 2030 is a celebrated one, and plans are already underway with a new Xbox update that will make sure the console can use the most renewable energy, according to Xbox Wire.

According to Microsoft, the update will help by optimizing updates and downloads to run at a time when the console can use the most renewable energy, meaning your Xbox will schedule a game, app, or OS update at specific times during the a maintenance window, with those times aimed at when higher proportions of electricity are at lower-carbon sources on the electric grid.

Thus, instead of your Xbox console waking up between the nightly maintenance window hours of 2am-6am, it will instead wake up at a time when it can use the most renewable energy through your local energy grid. Also, the update reduces power consumption while the Xbox console is off and will not affect the performance, gameplay, or the console’s ability to receive an overnight update.

With the setting, it decreases fossil fuel dependency and CO2 emissions and could also save a few bucks for gamers.

There is also an “Active hours” setting.

Read more about the update, the benefits, and get additional details at the Xbox Wire website.

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