With soaring energy prices, it becomes necessary to find solutions, and Microsoft is investigating how you can reduce your consumption.
All gestures count to save on the price of the electricity bill at the end of the month, and we know that gaming, although not predominant in the area, still makes up a significant part of consumption in homes. So why not try your best to earn a few euros while you continue playing? This is exactly what Microsoft is looking to do. In addition, it would also be beneficial for the planet to kill two birds with one stone.
As EDF points out, according to a report published in 2018 by American researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, video games in the world would consume on the console the equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors.
Microsoft wonders about the price of energy and the solutions
So Microsoft is asking its users (members of the Insider program only) about their feelings on the issue of energy conservation, and especially about the implications of the energy situation for purchasing power. In the study, Microsoft also asks what would be the reception of new functions aimed at reducing consumption in the game, for example the possibility of reducing its framerate or the definition of the screen or details to gain energy. Which could lower the price of our bills.
As WindowsCentral very rightly points out, these studies do not necessarily mean that we will see this type of functionality coming to our Xboxes and our PCs, but it is certainly an angle of reflection, knowing that for some years the company has been committed to reduce its carbon footprint.
Similarly, Microsoft recently emphasized power savings in a recent update to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. With a power settings menu walkthrough that gives you a better visual representation of how much power you can save by switching between different modes.
To join the MS Insider program, simply go to the official Microsoft website and register. It also provides access to new features and glimpses into the future of Windows.