With soaring energy prices it becomes necessary to find solutions and Microsoft is researching how to 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 field, still represents a significant part of consumption in homes. So why not try your best to earn a few euros while continuing to play? This is precisely what Microsoft seeks to do. In addition, it would also be beneficial for the planet, killing 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 console the production equivalent of 10 nuclear reactors.
Microsoft wonders about the price of energy and the solutions
So, Microsoft asks its users (members of the Insider program only) their feelings on the issue of energy saving, and in particular on the consequences of the energy situation on purchasing power. In the survey, Microsoft also asks what would be the reception of new features aimed at reducing in-game consumption. This would include, 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 surveys do not necessarily mean that we will see this type of functionality arriving on our Xboxes and our PCs, but very clearly it is an angle of reflection knowing that the firm has been committed for some years to reduce its carbon footprint.
In a similar vein, Microsoft recently emphasized power savings in a recent update to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. With an overhaul of the power settings menu, giving you a better visual representation of how much power you can save by switching between different modes.
To join the MS Insider program just go to the official Microsoft website and register. It also provides access to new features and glimpses into the future of Windows.