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This simple setting will force your Xbox One to stop ‘spying’ on you

Zach Epstein
February 4th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Xbox One Energy Saving Mode

For gamers who are concerned with their privacy, the Xbox One can be a bit scary. In order to support its voice-powered instant-on feature, the unit’s Kinect sensor is always listening to what’s going on in its surroundings, which just happen to be your living room and other rooms that are nearby. As such, the ability to speak “Xbox on” to boot the Xbox One in just a few seconds is both awesome and scary. For those who find the balance tipped more toward “scary” than “awesome,” don’t worry. Tweaking a simple setting will disable this feature — and cause your Xbox One console to use 97% energy as an added bonus.

As noted in a recent post by CNET, Microsoft’s Xbox One console features an energy-saver setting that disables Kinect listening when the unit is off. This reduces the console’s energy consumption from 15W to just 0.5W, and it also might help people worried about Kinect constantly listening to them.

CNET has a simple guide on how to enable the power saver setting along with photos of each step, but it basically boils down to choosing “Power & Startup” in the console settings menu and then selecting “Energy-saving” under Power Options.

It’s that simple — but note that booting the Xbox One will now take close to a minute instead of just two seconds.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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