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Over the past months, Microsoft has been putting a lot of emphasis on power-saving modes on both Xbox game consoles and Windows PCs. In one of the recent firmware updates for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the company has redesigned the power settings so that users can see how much power can be saved when choosing one mode or another.
But Microsoft’s initiatives don’t end there. Windows Central discovered an interesting survey on the Xbox Insider app that describes possible features for consoles and PCs that can reduce framerates, resolutions, etc. in games to reduce power consumption. Of course, this does not mean that these features will ever be implemented.
In the survey, Microsoft asks users about how the current energy crisis is affecting their willingness to spend, and whether new power-saving features in games are needed to save money. The company also wants to understand whether users will consider these features when buying a particular game.
It’s hard to say how much power can be saved by limiting the frame rate from 60 to 30, but this idea is not without merit. European governments are calling on citizens to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption during the winter months, as rolling blackouts are likely due to power grid overload.