Microsoft consoles don’t have the best track record when it comes to overheating. With the whole red ring debacle of the 360 fading into history, the console manufacturer hopes the Xbox One will prevent these types of problems on its own.
Gizmodo sat down with Microsoft’s general manager of console development Leo del Calstillo who explained the system’s self-regulating practices.
One thing that we have more flexibility with the architecture of the Xbox One, is that we can dial back the power of the box considerably. We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn’t dissipate the heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can [be] in a mode that uses virtually no air flow
It’s unknown how drastic of an effect this low power state will have while in-game, but the Xbox One will alert users when it occurs.