Microsoft Send Out Warning About Xbox One

Microsoft has sent out a warning about its Xbox One, which is due for release in Australia on November 22. The compnay says that unlike its predecessor the Xbox 360, the One should not be placed vertically as it hasn’t been designed to do so. Microsoft’s Senior Director of Product Management and Planning Albert Panello told the GameSpot gaming website that "We don't support vertical orientation…

By Mike Wheeler

Microsoft has sent out a warning about its Xbox One, which is due for release in Australia on November 22.

The compnay says that unlike its predecessor the Xbox 360, the One should not be placed vertically as it hasn’t been designed to do so. Microsoft’s Senior Director of Product Management and Planning Albert Panello told the GameSpot gaming website that "We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk." He claimed it was nothing to do with a cooling problem as some suggested, just that the console’s drive had been designed to work when the unit is laid horizontal.

Some pundits are furious at the development, with several fans stating that this new piece of information is a deal breaker and have cancelled Xbox preorders. The reasoning is two-fold – one they need the space in their office set up for it to sit vertically, while others are wondering how strong the build can be if doing something as simple as standing the console up affects the inner mechanisms.

Still, others have reacted with incredulity that such a small thing would send people off the deep end. It would be nice if Microsoft would expand on the types of things that might go wrong if you stand the new device on its end, but they have yet to do so.

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