Microsoft is exploring power-efficient graphics modes for Xbox and Windows games


What do you want to know

  • A new Xbox Insider Hub survey suggests that Microsoft is looking to expand its power-saving features for Xbox consoles and potentially PC games as well.
  • Microsoft is asking users what they think of features that would reduce frame rates and resolution, thereby reducing power consumption and saving money.
  • Surveys don’t necessarily mean we’ll see a finished product of these, but Microsoft’s commitments to reducing its carbon footprint make these potential features a definite candidate for development.

Given the state of global electricity markets, Microsoft has recently placed more emphasis on energy conservation. One of the recent updates to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles included an overhaul of the power settings menu, giving you a better visual representation of how much power you’re likely to save by switching between power saving and sleep modes. If these recent Xbox Insider Program surveys are to be believed, Microsoft may be exploring ways to go further.

A recent quiz I came across in the Xbox Insider app on Windows PC details a potential list of new features Microsoft is exploring for console and PC gaming. These new features relate specifically to the option of reducing frame rates, resolution, etc., with the aim of limiting power consumption.

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Of course, surveys don’t necessarily mean these kinds of features will make it into an end product, but Microsoft’s commitments to net zero carbon usage have seen the company increase its investment in this space.

The survey asks users about their current feelings about energy consumption, potentially asking users about how the energy crisis is affecting their willingness to spend. The survey asks users if they would be interested in features that reduce power consumption in games, both while games are running and while they are idle, specifically to save energy. energy and therefore money. Microsoft also asks users how they’d prefer these features to be branded, with terms like “eco-saving” and “power-saving”, and even asks if these types of features would affect users’ purchasing decisions per game. .

It’s hard to say how much power you could save by lowering a game’s frame rate from 60 to 30, but as power markets across the world go through various forms of upheaval, it’s pretty cool that Microsoft is exploring the idea. There are reports that the UK could face blackouts over the winter months, with European countries like Germany urging citizens to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption.

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