The Xbox One has a built-in defense mechanism to protect against overheating, the main culprit behind the infamous RROD fiasco that Microsoft got themselves into with the Xbox 360. According to an interview with an Xbox GM, the console can self-regulate its power when it becomes overheated.
Xbox One can dial it back to a lower power state
“We have more flexibility with the architecture of the Xbox One,” said Leo del Castillo to Gizmodo. “We had a little less flexibility with the 360. And so basically, if we couldn’t dissipate the heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of leverage we could pull to keep the heat from being generated, so we had a limited amount of time before it just shut down. Xbox One can actually dial it back to a lower power state, so low in fact that it can work in a mode that uses virtually no air flow.”
According to Castillo, the user shouldn’t have to do anything to remedy any potential overheating problems on the Xbox One. This is good news for those who ponied up for a launch day edition of the Xbox 360, which saw a high rate of defective consoles, prompting Microsoft to offer a free warranty a fix for those that were affected by the RROD.
It appears that Microsoft has learned their lesson when it comes to overheating consoles.