With the Xbox One having an official release date set for November 22nd, Microsoft has made some further statements about the new console. The most significant announcement has to do with the design of the next-gen system. As you probably know, the previous Xbox 360 console's design supported both horizontal and landscape orientations. This time around, Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One is designed to only support a horizontal stance.
GameStop has an official interview with Albert Panello who is the senior director of product management and planning at Microsoft's Xbox Division. Panello went on to say:
We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk.” He then added “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
This seems to be an odd explanation since competing consoles such as Sony's PS3 and the upcoming PS4 both include integrated slot loading drives yet still offers both vertical and horizontal orientations without causing any damage to the console or drive. Interestingly enough, a recent study states 80% of Xbox 360 owners have their console in the vertical position.
The Xbox One launches November 22nd so be sure to pre-order the console if you want to get your hands on the console within the first couple of months!
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