Xbox Series X S

Xbox has announced a raft of new sustainability goals, as Microsoft attempts to make the Xbox eco-system a more environmentally friendly one. One of the biggest changes for us as end users, is that the Energy Saver mode on Xbox Series X|S now supports background downloads.

In an effort to make the power saving mode more appealing, Xbox has worked away to make auto system and game updates work there. Energy Saver mode consumes about 20 times less power than Instant On, and it now seems like a no-brainer to use it.

Elsewhere, the little Xbox Series S is doing its bit to help the planet. Late last year, Microsoft began to use recycled materials in its production of the digital-only console, and those materials now make up a minimum of 28% of the system's components.

Xbox Sustainability

Looking at the bigger picture, Microsoft has committed to being "carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste by 2030." Within that timeframe, the company will design Xbox products to be 100% recyclable in "Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries."

The changes made to Energy Saver mode are certainly welcome. We've used that mode since owning a Series X because, well, the console boots up so fast we didn't feel the need to rock Instant On. Now, there's even less reason to use the more power hungry mode.

Will you be switching to Energy Saver mode with this new feature? Let us know in the comments.