Xbox One designed to stay on for ten years

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Anyone who had the misfortune of encountering the Red Ring of Death that afflicted the original Xbox 360 might be a bit skeptical at this claim, but sources close to Microsoft confirmed to Digital Foundry recently (as reported by Eurogamer) that the Xbox One has been over-engineered to stay powered on for ten years without failing.

While the actual dimensions of the Xbox One have not officially been released, the general consensus of people who have seen it up close is that it is larger than the 360. Digital Foundry’s source claims that this is deliberate, as Microsoft went for reliability and quiet operation when they set about designing the Xbox One, which necessitated a larger chassis to accommodate the heat dissipation needed to achieve that goal.

As a result, not only does it run cool, but it’s also supposedly super quiet during operation, so no more feeling like you’re standing in a wind tunnel while a movie plays through your Xbox. That alone is worth the price of entry.

Me, I’m quite happy at the news. The red-ring horror stories I’ve read online have created the perception in my mind that the Xbox 360 is actually quite fragile, and I’ve worried that leaving it on overnight would edge it closer to failure but so far, so good. That the new Xbox has been designed from the outset to go the distance is rather heartening.

So if, like me, you’ve looked at the size of the Xbox One and thought “Wtf?”, that’s the reason. Microsoft has over-engineered the thing to be as robust, reliable and as quiet as possible, and thus able to stay powered on for ten straight years without failing.

Now, the only potential pitfall will be the software they load on it. If they can get that right, and don’t give us just another “[Colour] [Object] of Death” with which to bemoan their inability to reliably marry hardware with software, the future of Microsoft’s newest gaming console will be pretty bright.

If you want a detailed technical breakdown of the Xbox One’s internals, Eurogamer’s article makes for some pretty interesting reading.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.