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

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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