Overheating is the bane of all electronic devices as not only does it cause performance to degrade, but keeping a device overheated without properly cooling it down could eventually lead to permanent damage. The good news for would-be Xbox One gamers is that if you were afraid of your console overheating, fret not because it seems that the console has a built-in feature in which it will be able to detect when it begins overheating and will then self-regulate its power to prevent shut-downs caused from overheating.
This particular feature of the console was revealed by Xbox’s general manager of console developer, Leo del Castillo in an interview with Gizmodo. According to del Castillo, “We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn’t dissipate the heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”
Undoubtedly this is a pretty amazing feature, but at the same time what does this mean for the gamer? Will apps and games continue to run in a low-power mode? Or will this low-power mode basically put the game/app on pause while the console cools down? What do you guys think?