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Microsoft: Xbox One is not designed to work whilst stood vertically

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Ahead of the upcoming Xbox One release date, Microsoft has revealed that the next-gen console has not been designed to work whilst stood upright.

Unlike the Xbox 360 which could be positioned and used in either horizontal or vertical poses, Microsoft has stated that placing the Xbox One vertically is done so at ‘user’s own risk’. The company has suggested that placing the Xbox One vertically could damage the console.

"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,” Albert Panello, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Product Management and Planning said of the Xbox One.

Speaking with GameSpot at the Tokyo Game Show this week he added: "It wouldn't be a cooling problem, we just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both.”

Rather than an oversight, Panello has suggested that the choice to not provide the Xbox One with vertical orientation options have been made based on how the Xbox 360 is used.

Although the Xbox 360 has traditionally been shown stood upright in promotional materials, Panello has claimed that the majority of current console owners use the gamer lying flat. He stated: "We found, interestingly enough, that 80 per cent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox [360] horizontally"

One of the most hotly anticipated gadgets of the year, an Xbox One release date has been confirmed for November 22, splitting the US and UK arrivals of its leading rival, the PS4.

Coming bundled the new Kinect sensor, the Xbox One price has been set at £429, a full £80 more expensive than the £349 PS4 price tag.

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Marlon

September 20, 2013, 12:54 pm

So, let's not even give people the option, instead, let's force the 20% with space constraints, like those in Japan who have small housing space and complained about the Xbox original being round on the top, that you couldn't stack anything on it or put it on its side, to use it horizontally. Wow every month closer to release, I'm liking Sony more. Especially, because all of the promotional crap for X1 it is about TV shows. I don't even have cable and haven't since it was free at my apartment, back in 2005.

simmybear

September 20, 2013, 1:26 pm

What a cop out make a mistake and then say its what the customer wants - my son and all his frinds must be the 20% then all vertical like his ps3, his wii, his desktop pc etc etc

Pg

September 23, 2013, 1:13 pm

I don't think they care about Japan all that much. Poor sales figures, unless something has changed from the last time I checked.

Seems odd though, having it horizontal can be a great space saver, can't be that expensive to make it not break if horizontal. At least when designing the thing initially.

Marlon

September 23, 2013, 3:45 pm

It would be a great space saver, if you were able to put things atop it and just have the air push out of the back and/ or sides, but they advise against putting anything on top of it and that you will do so at your own risk.

Marlon

September 23, 2013, 3:52 pm

My theory, is that it's a clever design. They really want their device to be The Only device at the entertainment center. Leaving little room for other such competing devices. By making their console act as a pass through HDMI selector, is another genius and dominant thing. You may play a playstation 4, but chances are, you are going to be plugging it in through your Xbox lol

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