Microsoft: Stand Xbox One Vertical “At Your Own Risk”

According to Microsoft, 80% of Xbox 360 gamers have their consoles laid down in the horizontal position.

I guess that means I’m in the minority.

Me and the rest of the 20 percenters out there will have to change our console positioning ways come November, because Microsoft says that the Xbox One doesn’t like being stood up.

“We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,” Xbox Senior Director of Product Management Albert Panello told GameSpot in an interview at the Tokyo Game Show. “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.”

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, this is a game changer for me. I simply don’t have the horizontal space in my already overcrowded media set up to lay the Xbox One down. I’m interested in both consoles and will likely end up purchasing an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 for work, but if I had to choose just one, the no-vertical would push me toward a PS4. Really odd design decision by MS, and it seems like there is a relatively easy fix that could secure discs in the upright position. Hopefully this will wind up as yet another reluctant change Microsoft makes to the Xbox One.

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4 Comments on Microsoft: Stand Xbox One Vertical “At Your Own Risk”


On September 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

If it’s just the optical disk drive’s piss-poor design, then Microsoft should release USB blue-ray disk drive support for customers who “break” the internal drive.


On September 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Another epic fail from Microsoft.


On September 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

MOST CONSOLES SHOULD NOT BE STANDING UP how is that a fail from microsoft seriously wow you are a retard


On September 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm


first off, you need to address people on this website with more respect. Remember that what they say is their own opinion and they are simply expressing it here.

With that out of the way, I will explain why this is indeed a failure from microsoft. To begin, microsoft enabled the xbox 360 to be vertically oriented, and xbox users love it. Now they are removing that feature from the xbox one. Usually when you design a product, you want the new version to have more features, not less. Another point is that a machine like this needs to be as versatile as possible. It’s going to be used in all sorts of configurations and spaces. WIth the advent of this news, the new xbox is quite limited as to where it can be place.