Microsoft has announced changes to its Xbox console settings that is to allow users to save more energy and reduce the carbon impact of their gaming. But this has been read (or misread) by Republican representatives and organizations as the “woke brigade” wanting to “take your Xbox.”
In a bid to reach its goal of being carbon negative and a “zero waste” company by 2030, Microsoft outlined two new changes to Xbox settings on January 11.
The company included a feature that allows the console to pick a time of the night for maintenance and updates to use the most renewable energy from the electrical grid, and a “shutdown” setting that can replace the sleep mode, which it says saves 20 times the energy.
“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,” Blaine Hauglie, technical program manager at Xbox wrote. “So, the way we design our hardware and software to be more efficient and optimized for renewable energy can have a big impact.”