Xbox becomes first ‘carbon aware’ console, but not everyone is happy: ‘Woke brigade is after video games’

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Modern Xbox consoles will soon have a new default setting that regulates the power consumption of video game systems to protect the environment.

Xbox is working to reduce our environmental impact to help us achieve Microsoft’s goal of being a carbon negative, water positive and zero waste company by 2030 by rethinking how we design, build, distribute our products and use,” a press release from Microsoft’s Xbox Wire said.

Xbox said they are focused on carbon emissions “in our fans’ homes”. According to the release, “We hold ourselves accountable not only for the carbon emissions associated with the manufacture and distribution of our products, but also for the emissions caused by the use of our products in our fans’ homes.”

The press release noted that consoles will become “carbon conscious” via a software update. “Being carbon-conscious means reducing the carbon footprint by optimizing updates and downloads to run at a time when the console can use the most renewable energy,” explained Xbox.

A Microsoft Xbox controller is on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, June 17, 2015. Xbox has remained one of the major major manufacturers of video game consoles alongside Playstation and Nintendo.
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The same announcement stated that new energy-saving features will be applied automatically.

“Starting today, Xbox Insiders will notice that their Xbox Series X|S consoles will automatically update to the power-saving Shutdown option,” wrote Xbox Wire. “This one-time update to your power settings will reduce your power consumption while your console is powered off and will not affect your console’s performance, gameplay, or ability to receive system, game, or app updates overnight.”

The press release also said, “If Shutdown (power saving) is selected, Xbox One consoles will experience a slower startup time.”

Xbox implored users to be aware of the impact gaming has on the environment: “We can’t do this alone. We must work with our players, developers, studios and industry as we impact the environment.”

The campus of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.  Microsoft is one of the world's largest computer software, hardware, and video game companies, but has engaged in some awakening messages and political initiatives in recent years.

The campus of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. Microsoft is one of the world’s largest computer software, hardware, and video game companies, but has engaged in some awakening messages and political initiatives in recent years.
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Some Twitter users slammed the news of the technological change.

“This decision was most likely made on one of the company’s private jets,” said video producer and podcast Lauren Chen.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas., tweeted, “First gas stoves, then your coffee, now they’re going to hunt for your Xbox.”

Young America’s Foundation tweeted, “Lol, now the awake brigade is after video games, all in the name of climate change.”

“They want to take your guns. They want to take your gas stoves. And now they want to take your Xbox. Now what?” Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, tweeted.

Conservative journalist John Ziegler also commented on the announcement: “Could this be what finally makes some young people realize the negative impact of the #ClimateScam on the real world?! Or, on the other hand, could this be the most culturally productive thing ever could have been done under the guise of the alleged #ClimateEmergency?!”

Master Chief, the protagonist of the "Halo" series in the Xbox Series X - World Premiere trailer in 2019. The "Halo" series is one of the most important intellectual properties of the Xbox brand, if not its flagship.

Master Chief, the protagonist of the “Halo” series in the Xbox Series X – World Premiere trailer in 2019. The “Halo” series is one of the most important intellectual properties of the Xbox brand, if not the flagship.

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Commentator Rick DeVos criticized the announcement as part of a technology slippery slope: “Just another little mark on the chute where we zoom down where every functionality, experience and overall service level degradation is celebrated as a great and glorious victory for The Planet / Justice /etc.”

Editor and publisher at American Greatness Chris Buskirk replied, “You own nothing and you will love it.” Deciding what to do with my so-called “free time” caused me anxiety, but now MSFT-owned OpenAI orders my days I am carefree.'”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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