PSA: Microsoft Designed the Xbox One Console to Lay Flat

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MiGreen

This is the last straw! I was planning to set it with the slot side down, so I could easily unplug it to turn it off. I did that with my Sony blue-ray player and it works great as long as I keep my fan blowing on it.
But hey it still has a power brick to keep my coffee warm, you can do that with a PC.

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Innomasta

Poor microsoft. When you develop a product you have to realize the public is retarded. They're going to have thousands of warranty claims from ignorant customers either putting it vertical or placing objects ontop of the vent.

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LatiosXT

Every disc loading console supports vertical orientation, regardless of being slot load or not. I'm wondering how the hell is Microsoft screwing this up.

Oh, and the Xbox One can't have anything stacked on top of it either, lest you want that vent being blocked and choked.

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r3dd4wg

What a POS. My PC works vertical or horizontal. LOL.

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legionera

Not all PCs are working in both ways. You will start noticing glitches and some parts not functioning properly or at all.

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jbitzer

Please tell me which PCs these are? Because last time I checked, they still sell Cases to accommodate parts to be installed in any configuration except mounting the motherboard to the top, and that's for aesthetic reasons.

What are these glitches you are referring to?

Please, you seem to have some inside track, enlighten me!

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GrandMoffVixen

Yes, you can use any PC in a vertical position. However, unless you buy an optical drive designed with that in mind the discs won't work properly if at all. Even a basic search on google will reveal this.

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jbitzer

Well, they originally wanted to flip off the approximately 30% of users who are not online, a 20% disregard is now a 33% improvement.

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xRadeon

I would rather have it lay horizontal anyways. I don't want some derp coming around and knocking it over, that would not be cool...

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jbitzer

If someone walking up to your entertainment stand and knocking over a $500 piece of equipment is a valid fear, you need new friends. If you have a $500 piece of equipment precariously perched where it is prone to falling over through less than intentional means, you need a new equipment organization strategy.

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everettehouse

you must not have children... or pets. i have both. hence, my equipment is all configured to be as accident-proof as possible. most tech lies flat for that reason, except for the computer i built in the cm cosmos ii. that thing ain't goin' nowhere. built like a tank! (though it still lives high off the ground and out of reach... one can never be too careful).

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jbitzer

seen my avatar?

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Blackheart-1220

WTF is thins doing here? this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Console.

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limitbreaker

Consoles are as much a pc as any Apple product, they may be closed down and controlled but they have all the same components as any pc. You used to even be able to install yellowdog Linux on the ps3.

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legionera

Well said!

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jgottberg

I never understood the purpose of standing them vertically. I know space can sometimes be an issue but really? I wouldn't think of standing my bluray player vertically, or any AV equipment for that matter, why a console?

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dgrmouse

I can't verify the claim, but the article states that some 20% of users prefer to stand them vertically. Whatever their reasons, that amounts to a lot of folks.

That said, every device I've ever owned that accepted discs in a vertical orientation had a slotted drive rather than a tray, so it's peculiar that they blame it on the slot. Of course, Microsoft is making it sound like it is a burden to support optical discs at all.

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jgottberg

That's very true about the slot-load... although my original PS3 has a slot-load and I didn't stand it up. Not even sure Sony supported it either.

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jbitzer

Yes, they did.

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dgrmouse

Paul said, "it also comes with a Kinect motion controller, so it's now an arbitrary price difference."

This word... I do not think it is meaning what you think it is meaning.

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Paul_Lilly

Choose which of Merriam-Webster's definitions you'd like to apply, there are two that fit:

3a: based on or determined by individual preference or convenience rather than by necessity
3b: existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance

In other words, there's a reason why the Xbox One costs more than the PS4 (and Wii U), and it's not because of individual preference (Merriam-Webster definition 3a) or coming about seemingly at random (Merriam-Webster definition 3b); it's because the included Kinect motion sensor is typically a $100 add-on.

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dgrmouse

Paul said, "In other words, there's a reason why the Xbox One costs more than the PS4"

If that's true, then it means that the price difference is NOT arbitrary. It's great that you've shown you know how to use a dictionary - now go back to your original work and apply your new knowledge.

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jgottberg

who burnt your toast this mornin?

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Paul_Lilly

"If that's true, then it means that the price difference is NOT arbitrary."

Ah, so it was a typo that caused the confusion. That clears things up; here's a stack of unburnt toast, on me:

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AFDozerman

Dayeum, that looks good.

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jgottberg

LOL - nicely done! :)

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dgrmouse

Thank you. Sorry if I sounded snarky, but so did you.

Honestly, it's nothing compared to the critique I'd like to give to AC for the rubbish article on programming in the October issue. Seriously, anyone who doesn't know the difference between Java and JavaScript shouldn't be allowed to publish such an article without some kind of review. It was BAD.

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Paul_Lilly

No worries, we got to the bottom of it. :)

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Raswan

Don't attack Lilly. He's literally the only reason many of us still frequent MaxPC, besides Gordon.

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devin3627

Paul mean't to say, "it also comes with a Kinect motion controller, so it's noT an arbitrary price difference." the "T" was mean't to be a "W" in other wards. I've screwed up enough text messages to know how this feels. I got mis-interpreted.