Microsoft has announced that it will join a new United Nations initiative called "Playing for the Planet Alliance, "and plans to make 825,000 new carbon neutral Xbox consoles.
The initiative also has 13 other partners, including Sony Interactive Entertainment, Twitch, Google Stadia, Rovio, Ubisoft and others.
"Some of the biggest names in the video game industry, with a combined audience of 970 million gamers, have today formally committed to restricting their platforms' energy consumption in response to the climate crisis," the United Nations said.
"Combined, these 21 companies' commitments will result in a 30 million tonne reduction in CO2 by 2030, allow for the planting of millions of trees, new green nudges in game design and improvements in energy management, packaging and device recycling. . "
Microsoft's new Xbox units will be the first carbon-neutral consoles in history, according to a company statement. Similarly, PlayStation is working with the United Nations to incorporate design features in PlayStation 5 to allow users to suspend gameplay at much lower power consumption, saving the equivalent of a small town's electricity consumption over a period of time. Microsoft has not said whether these carbon-neutral consoles will be specifically Xbox One, Xbox One X, or Xbox Scarlett versions.
"The changes are having an impact on every industry and every industry, and we believe technology can play a major role in meeting this challenge," said Phil Spencer, executive vice president for gaming at Microsoft.
"Initiatives like our Minecraft Build Better World Campaign and the pilot CarbonNeutral Xbox offer a great opportunity to make a difference in this key area of our business."
Abílio Rodrigues [of Rivia] is the technology editor of IGN Portugal, a confessed music lover and PC gaming enthusiast. You can follow him on @KaikaneTR