Posted on September 20, 2013, Mike Sharkey 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.