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Xbox One Can't Stand Vertically Due to Disc Drive

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

Microsoft says that the Xbox One isn't meant to stand up.

Microsoft has clarified that the Xbox One isn't suited to being placed on its side. If you do an image search for the Xbox One, you'll find that all you'll see are Microsoft's next-gen console positioned horizontally – like most set top boxes. Placing a games console on its side – like many desktop towers – has been popular since the PlayStation 2, and is an accepted way to position an Xbox 360.

According to Albert Panello, senior director of Xbox product management, the Xbox One won't support a vertical orientation due to its slot-loading disc drive.

"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk," Panello told GameSpot.

Panello clarified that it wasn't a cooling design issue, saying, "it wouldn't be a cooling problem, we just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both."

It's unclear why a slot-loading disc drive would prevent a vertical orientation; early versions of the PS3 and the upcoming PS4 have slot-loaded drives and appear to operate fine vertically.

After the quality issues surrounding the earlier models of the Xbox 360, it's no surprise that Microsoft is taking special care of the Xbox One. The company said that the Xbox One will be able to adjust itself to avoid overheating and is confident that it won't be having any quality issues.

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    de5_Roy , September 20, 2013 10:42 AM
    so... the gist of what microsoft is saying that their XBone(R) console can't get it up and they're making limp excuses. all in one pcs have vertically oriented slot loading o.d.d.
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    Avus , September 20, 2013 10:07 AM
    buy digital copies... problem solved...
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    Amdlova , September 20, 2013 10:16 AM
    3 rod of death, you can't get this on tower mod... so who buys this will have alot of problem... i will wait to see... and laught HARD.
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    hakesterman , September 20, 2013 10:33 AM
    I Think i have bought my last Console. I have three 360's so i should be set for a long time. I have a high end PC so that will keep me busy as well.
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    mcd023 , September 20, 2013 10:37 AM
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    buy digital copies... problem solved...


    I thought that MS gave up on that after all of the fuss over check ins. Are they still doing the digital downloads?
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    stevejnb , September 20, 2013 10:42 AM
    mcd, they already do digital copies with the 360. Even if their XB1 policies change for how they handle them, it's extremely unlikely that they'll outright get rid of them.
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    de5_Roy , September 20, 2013 10:42 AM
    so... the gist of what microsoft is saying that their XBone(R) console can't get it up and they're making limp excuses. all in one pcs have vertically oriented slot loading o.d.d.
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    skyline100 , September 20, 2013 10:46 AM
    I'm not too sure which console will I go for. PS4 is more powerful but the kinect on XB is a big deal for me.
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    mobrocket , September 20, 2013 10:58 AM
    Sony should do another video making fun of this like they did about the sharing games with friends

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    sean1357 , September 20, 2013 11:22 AM
    Crap... I will stick with my PC gaming or get PS4 and then add water cooler...

    Dual Xeon, Quad SLI, 256GB RAM, 6TB SSD, with 60" TV....
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    aredeecee , September 20, 2013 11:24 AM
    I'm sorry but thats just ghetto right there. It's going to be 2014 and this is what Micro$oft brings to the table?
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    Amdlova , September 20, 2013 11:29 AM
    Quote:
    Crap... I will stick with my PC gaming or get PS4 and then add water cooler...

    Dual Xeon, Quad SLI, 256GB RAM, 6TB SSD, with 60" TV....


    We need ps 10 or xbox 10000 to be best than your serverside
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    dextermat , September 20, 2013 11:48 AM
    I smell something scratching!
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    kawininjazx , September 20, 2013 12:16 PM
    While being able to stand the console up would be a great option I don't think its a deal breaker. Personally, I'm a PS guy, but with GTA 5 out I don't see myself needing a new console for a long time.
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    IndignantSkeptic , September 20, 2013 12:58 PM
    I can guarantee you that a large proportion will try to vertically stand their console. The fact that they said do it at your own risk means they haven't even properly tested it to see if that causes damage. That is totally irresponsible. It's unbelievable how stupid Microsoft is. How are they a successful business? Vendor lock-in; that's all.
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    John Bauer , September 20, 2013 1:05 PM
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    Sony should do another video making fun of this like they did about the sharing games with friends



    Have you seen the PS4? That doesn't look like something that's meant to stand up. Nor have they ever designed the PlayStation that way.

    I think having it stand up is useless anyways, I won't miss it
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    DRosencraft , September 20, 2013 1:30 PM
    It's fairly obvious they're trying to drive home a particular theme for this device. I doubt there is any functional reason that the optical drive itself will not function turned 90 degrees. I just think they have a specific vision of how they want the console to be set up, didn't test it for alternatives, and are simply saying "we don't know, we're not sure, so give it a shot if you want". Wasn't planning on getting one anyway (obviously not gonna quibble over this) but positioning consoles vertical is just a plain and simple space saving option. I'm sure they'll do it with XBOne ver. 2.0. It really can't be that difficult to pull off if there is some sort of functional issue.
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    deftonian , September 20, 2013 1:52 PM
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    Have you seen the PS4? That doesn't look like something that's meant to stand up. Nor have they ever designed the PlayStation that way.

    I think having it stand up is useless anyways, I won't miss it



    Actually, the PS2 and PS3 were designed to stand vertical as well. Evidence is in the fact that the PS logo could be physically altered between the two orientations so that PS is always upright whether the system is set vertically or horizontally.
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    FFH , September 20, 2013 2:56 PM
    Yeah I agree with the article. My PS3 has been standing vertically since 2009. I've never had a problem with it playing video games or blu-ray movies. I don't see a reason why it shouldn't work vertically.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2013 3:02 PM
    FFH, they didn't say you couldn't do it, just it's at your own risk - if something goes wrong and it chews up a Bluray movie don't say they didn't warn you
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    IndignantSkeptic , September 20, 2013 3:25 PM
    John Bauer

    If the PS4 should not stand vertically and is shaped so that it cannot stand in that orientation anyway, then that is responsible design, but if it shouldn't stand vertically and it can stand in a vertical orientation, then that is totally stupidly irresponsible design.

    back_by_demand

    There is something wrong with you if you think this constitutes adequate warning. If the Xbox One does what you say then they have the right to sue Microsoft. Microsoft should be in a feces blizzard like when the scratched disks and RROD happened with the Xbox 360. Maybe you should go work for Microsoft to help fly them into the ground totally vertically to finish them off once and for all while minimizing collateral damage.
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