‘Energy Saving’ Option Added to Xbox One’s Set-up Process

on April 12, 2015 11:30 AM

If you’re setting up your brand-spanking new Xbox One for the very first time, you will now be prompted with the option of choosing between two power options: Energy-saving and Instant-on.

Responding to a recent criticism from the environmental advocacy group National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Microsoft is adding a power-choice screen to the initial setup process for newer Xbox One systems. Although previous owners of the console have always had the opportunity to choose between the two modes, the new setup screen now shows the options a bit more prominently than it did before. In addition to producing the new screen during setup, Microsoft also notes the drawbacks of choosing the energy-saver mode whilst advocating the perks of its “Instant-on” feature.


  • Slower startup time
  • Get interrupted for updates


  • Faster startup time
  • Get updates automatically

The instant-on mode, as stated by Microsoft, costs the average US customer roughly $6.50 to $15.50 a year in energy consumption, while the new energy-saving mode will cost, typically, between 26 and 62 cents per year. The NRDC report claims that disabling the instant-on mode could save taxpayers a cumulative total of up to $250 million per year, with the organization imploring Microsoft to add a way “to make disabling the mode easy at set up.”

As noted by Xbox Wire, Microsoft is committed to improve the power consumption of the Xbox One platform as it “demonstrated with Xbox 360,” adding the reduction in power consumption of the instant-on (which uses 15 watts) feature by a third since the launch of the Xbox One.

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Born and raised in New York City, Yaris is one of three co-founders at DualShockers. Gaming since the inception of Nintendo in the 80's, he has grown to avidly appreciate games of every genre, maturing his preference specifically now to third-person action games, first-person shooters and JRPGs. He's a software engineer, father and husband during the day, and mildly attempts to hold onto his "hardcore gamer" title during the evenings. An attempt that he tends to fail miserably at.