Microsoft doesn't condone vertical orientation for Xbox One

By Shawn Knight
Sep 20, 2013
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  1. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Xbox One has only been shown in a horizontal orientation in press photos. That’s in contrast to the Xbox 360 which is more often than not seen standing vertically alongside a controller or Kinect. Turns...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    It doesn't mean the XB1 won't work on it's side, it just means that MS hasn't tested it working on it's side. When you see drug commercials on TV they always say at the end that pregnant woman should not take this drug... it's not because it's dangerous (it might be, it might not be), it's because they have no idea what'll happen. They just didn't test it. Could very well be the same thing with the XB1, and considering the red ring of death issue with the 360, they probably don't want to take any chances.

    And I hope this doesn't mean we'll see a response from Sony now about how the PS4 will work vertically and how great that is.
    Uvindu and spectrenad like this.
  3. They clearly state that they actually tested it, if they didn't they wouldn't use there words:
    "He clarified that the orientation decision wasn’t related to cooling but instead, the optical drive. It just wasn’t designed for both orientations, Panello said."
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 736   +259

    Well... even that was risky. If it was rotated with a disc spinning, all sorts of horrible noises would be heard...
    But anyways, doesn't bug me. Usually leave my consoles on the carpeted floor, and you don't want to stand it up vertically on that...
  5. I dont recommend leaving a disk in the try when rotating it even if its off. I ruined Halo3 like this. All I did was rotate the Xbox to stand up. When the xbox turned on you could hear the spinner scratching the disk as the it was falling out of the try slot. Never again.

    As far as this Xbox 1 goes. If microsoft recommends not using it a certain way, DONT DO IT. You couldnt even sneeze near the first gen 360s without getting the red ring of death.
  6. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    I've never understood the appeal of standing consoles vertically. But, either way, I don't see why a disc drive would operate any different. I would have to agree with the fact they're just being safe.
    cliffordcooley and Jad Chaar like this.
  7. Here's a radical idea. Stop using disk media! Why cant we buy a special USB stick with the typical "from microsoft" logo. They can even sell it in a smaller jewel case to save money. Disks are now old school. I miss the cartridge days when you didn't have to worry about accidentally dropping the game face up and ruining your $60 investment. USB thumb drive games could solve this issue and still give players a physical device not tied to a "cloud".
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    Flash memory is too unreliable and even though it's gotten relatively cheap, it's still too expensive to be used for that purpose. I love the idea of it, though...
  9. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 736   +259

    The main reason is production costs. Discs are cheap. And they are more "secure" than other storage mediums. I do agree that usb drives would be easier, but I don't think we'll be seeing em soon...
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  10. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    I don't get why someone would want to stand their console up anyway. Getting knocked over one time could be the end of it. MS should put a big easy peel sticker on the console itself just to be sure.
  11. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    That is some crazy logic right there.
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    Console orientation and the RROD are in no way related.
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    I would say it would depend on the way the drive is built but I'm thinking this is more likely a thermal reason.

    I wouldn't say it was the cause of the RROD but it certainly didn't help.
  14. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    That's a bit of a leap. Just because he says it wasn't for cooling reasons does not mean they test the optical drive in an up-right position. It just means they might have tested the cooling in an upright position. They may not have even testing the cooling in an upright position because physics would tell us that cooling will be better in the upright position because you have a higher surface area directly to air ratio which means faster heat dissipation (which is why gaming PC towers are rarely designed to lay down).
  15. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,813   +484

    Mostly space related. I don't have enough space near my TV to put a console horizontally unless I put it on the floor which many don't like.
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,889   +645

    I'm sorry, how god damn hard is it to test Microsoft? All you have to do is stand it up and see if it works? If it doesn't, how about spending that extra 50p on each console to get a decent drive that does work?

    It's more expensive than the competition for Christ sake! And they're genuinely going to release this thing with a cd drive of a lesser quality than that of the 360? To be fair, there are no rubber feet to make this thing stable upright, they obviously decided this, but to blame it on the cd drive? Very strange.
  17. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    I don't believe the article says they didn't test it that way. I would figure they did test it that way, hence they recommend not to position it that way. Seeing as the xbox one is designed as a media center of sorts it logical that it would be positioned horizontally since vcr's dvd players, audio systems etc. sit horizontally almost exclusively.
  18. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 797   +217

    That statement doesn't mean they tested it at all, it just means when they made it they had a certain orientation in mind and never tested it another way.
    m4a4 likes this.
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    It's fine by me. I'm not a fan of standing devices vertically because the bottle of beer I put on it tends to be precariously balanced. Risky at best. :)
    Uvindu likes this.
  20. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Especially with all that hardware underneath, they wouldnt want to risk it.
  21. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 503   +42

    I used to stand my xbox up but the vibration from load a game once caused it to fall over and ruined my aerosmith disk so never again :D

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