Vertical Orientation Not Supported on Xbox One, Could Damage Console
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
Cites slot loading drive as a factor
If you've been wondering why we haven't seen any pictures of the Xbox One vertically since it's reveal back in May — and you may want to sit down for this — the truth is that the new console won't be supporting it.
The news broke during the Tokyo Game Show when Albert Panello, the senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, told Gamespot that the Xbox One won't support vertical orientation and that it could potentially damage your console.
"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk. 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. We found, interestingly enough, that 80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally"
So technically speaking then, the Xbox One COULD stand vertically; it just isn't the smartest idea due to the slot loading drive. We can't help being a little bit puzzled by Panello's words, however. Both the PS3 and PS4 have slot loading disc drives and still support vertical orientation, so why is it any different for Microsoft's console?
Does this news strike you as a bit odd? Are you part of the 80 per cent of Xbox 360 owners that sit the console horizontally, or the 20 per cent that like to stand it up? Early on in its lifespan, many reports of 360 consoles being knocked down and damaging game discs arose. Perhaps this is just Microsoft covering all of their bases? Leave your thoughts below.