Xbox One: stand it vertically “at your own risk”, warns Microsoft

Xbox One should be played horizontally, Microsoft’s senior director of product management and planning Albert Penello has warned.

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theWB271855d ago

As some stated on VG...why would the drive be a problem if there's a mandatory install even on disc based games? Either way I'm too nervous to stand my consoles vertical.

Always be paranoid that something, anything will knock it over.

TomShoe1855d ago

It'll probably be like the disk killer X360 super slim.

theWB271855d ago

That's been known since the console released though. I don't know why they never fixed...or why people would move the console why playing.

PoSTedUP1855d ago Show
Thehyph1855d ago

This is another example of lacking PR.

The correct thing would be to say: "Do not stand your Xbox One vertically." If they don't want you to do it, just say so. Be direct.

Using "at your own risk" is just terrible.

LackTrue4K1855d ago

"Go home XboxOne, you're drunk..."

PoSTedUP1855d ago

@onursistersback: yeah, that thing cant even stand up straight.

user55757081854d ago


I think the real problem lies in the fact that outside of gaming websites most will not be aware of this.

theBAWSE1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

wait can't the super duper 300,000 virtual servers computing cloud power cool it? s/

Ms need to flat out say don't put it on its side!! , NOT the terrible PR saying 'at own risk' or I see rrod mark 2 in the future

badz1491854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

LOL is the only thing I can do thinking about this!

the big breathing space inside the box is so empty, they are afraid parts are going to collapse if you put the console on its side!

this is pure rocket science stuff! /s

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MazzingerZ1855d ago (Edited 1855d ago )

SONY included Disc-lock even on PS2 and MSFT is still cheap regarding that? X360 didn't have disc-lock either that's why you shouldn't move it while reading discs, probably same thing applies to the X1 and what they mean with that statement
Why is the console so expensive? Powerbrick, controllers uses batteries, no disc-lock...

nerdeu1855d ago

Buy a Xbox One "at your own risk", warns nerdeu.

The console looks far from finished and MS are confirming it themselves. If the concept is meant to be confusing then MS has nailed it ... but I'm pretty sure that wasn't their intention.

Gekko361855d ago Show
The Meerkat1855d ago

Heat rises.
It might cause some components to over heat.

Or it might restrict the amount of air the fans can draw in. Covering one of the side air vents cannot be good.

GodGinrai1855d ago

@meerkat. makes sense. the vents are situated on the top of the console for heat to rise, as well as on the sides.Considering that they intend for it to be on for long periods, thats a sensible thing to do. They never designed it to stand sideways, so I dont know why they just dont say "it is intended to be placed horizontally" sounds less dramatic than "at your own risk".

Killjoy30001855d ago


You're the definition of damage control.

theWB271854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

Because I don't look at things like this like it's the end of the world? Oh well...I never stood my PS360 on its side. Who the F cares.

I'll leave the over reaction and omg teh powuh bwick, controlluh bateriezz, what is M$ doingz- I'll leave that to people who want to do that.

I just don't care. I play games....not worry about arbitrary things like not being able to stand it on its side, or find a little extra room for a power brick.

-Superman-1854d ago

Microsoft + Hardware = FAIL
Sony + Hardware = PRO

Microsoft never know how to make good hardware

Magicite1854d ago

they also often fail at software

Goku7811854d ago

From the people who brought us the Red Ring of Death.....what will they not think of next?

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THC CELL1855d ago

I don't no anyone that stands a ps3 or Xbox on its side.

stubbed_out1855d ago

I stand them side by side.

Have had the PS3 since 2008 (MGS edition) and the 360 since 2010...both still working fine. (fingers crossed!)

mcstorm1855d ago

I do but that is because my TV stand had 3 shelves. Top one has 5 HDD's and Surround sound speaker. 2nd Shelf has my Sky box on and 3rd one has my Amp for my Surround sound system. The I have the PS3, 360 and WiiU stood up next to each other one one side of the stand and my home server plus another 2 HDD's on the other side.

Its not a major issue for me as I am going to put my surround sound speaker on top of the stand where the tv is, then move the HDD's to the side part as I am putting the 360 in a back room and then put my One on the top stand but I see why people want to stand it up.

Thehyph1855d ago

I bet one day when you move, you will find cats and small children in the cable jungle behind that unit.

I have nightmares about setups like that. haha :)

Sounds like you should have a bucket full of remotes and game controllers next to the couch. It's probably just easier that way.

mcstorm1855d ago

Lol I moved 3 years ago and was a nightmare sorting it all out and I did have everything tidy behind the tv but some how it has managed to mess its self up.

I do have way to many controllers but I got a stand to put them on. I do have to many remotes though but as I have a sony system everyone is able to control the sound system and tv.

I do have a big box in the cornor of the room that has a Amiga32, Gamecube, Dreamcast, SNES and N64 in too and when we decide to pull them out my front room is just a mess of cables other half hates it lol.

Thehyph1855d ago

The other half always hates cables.

Modern mobile devices make it worse, too. The night stand next to the bed has become worse than the entertainment center.
Vita charger, iPhone charger, two or three micro usb chargers for phone, tablet, e-reader, etc.

mcstorm1854d ago

I know what you mean I now have a Lumia 925 so have a wireless charger on there now too taking up space.

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SegaGamer1854d ago

I used to stand my 360 on it's side but the drive gets stuck when i try to open it these days.

rainslacker1854d ago

I know a guy that has a cool setup with his PS3 mounted to the wall next to the TV, which is flush with the wall. All his components are either hidden or mounted in such a way. It's all pretty sleek...wish I had a picture to share.

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stubbed_out1855d ago

Submerge it in a fish tank "at your own risk"

memots1855d ago

Insert VCR cassette at your own risk

GiggMan1854d ago

LOL. You mean VHS?

*Damn I'm old*

memots1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

Vhs , Betamax , VCR is more the term for these machines lol ..

On topic who would put the original Xbox sideways ? The design or the X1 is pretty much the same.

Put it facedown why don't you ...

stubbed_out1853d ago

"Put it facedown why don't you ..."

I generally like to put them with the disk tray facing down, then I eject the games using the controller and watch the console do push-ups.

MasterCornholio1855d ago

Why would it be risky to set it vertically? Unless the console wasn't designed for a vertical set up I really don't see the issue with that.

Nexus 7 2013

MasterCornholio1855d ago

I have my PS3 in a vertical position and I never had an issue with it especially with a stand that stabilizes the system.

Nexus 7 2013

pyramidshead1855d ago

Don't think you can stack it either. It's like 95% vent.

talocaca1855d ago

Microsoft should learn from Paula Seen and shut up for a while...

nerdeu1855d ago

I was just about to mention that. WHY are they making negative PR for their own product? Either make the console able to stand vertically or shut up about it, MS. It's not like they hadn't the money or time to make put effort in such an easy task while designing the console.

I think they were SERIOUSLY caught by Sony in February and just rushed out an incomplete design. If you don't believe me then read this article. The Xbox One as a concept is really confusing and far from finished during launch. It's not looking good at all:

SignifiedSix911855d ago

So now its bad for a company to warn its customers about something its product is not designed to do?

Man you guys really never give up, do you?