Eurogamer has reported that Microsoft sources have said that the recently revealed Xbox One was specially designed to last for 10 years at the minimum. Not just that. They were quoted saying that you can leave the Xbox One powered on throughout the entire 10 years, and it will still run fine. The hardware inside was designed to work this long, but it will be interesting to see if the console really is that robust!
Wired’s internal photography of the Xbox One (above) reveals a decent-quality heat sink (note the copper heat pipes) and a relatively large fan. The larger the blades of the fan, the slower they need to spin in order to displace the same amount of air as a smaller fan, meaning a quieter unit. Also consider the technological make-up of the AMD processor. The closest match we have in terms of PC hardware to the Xbox One graphics core is the Radeon HD 7790, which draws 85W at peak. The Xbox One version runs at lower frequencies and has two fewer compute units. AMD’s Jaguar CPU architecture is also highly energy efficient – it’s designed with tablets in mind. Even factoring in the DDR3, ESRAM and custom silicon, we should expect see a complete system power draw that’s a world away from the ‘power at all costs’ approach to the launch versions of the Xbox 360 and PS3, which used in the region of 170-200W.