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Xbox One has not been designed to support vertical orientation, and doing so could damage the console, Microsoft has warned.

Talking about the upcoming console with GameSpot, Microsoft's senior director of product management and planning Albert Penello warned, "We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk."

The decision to stick to a horizontal design isn't related to "a cooling problem," Penello says, but because Microsoft "just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both".

Penello's reasoning for avoiding vertical support seems odd: PlayStation 3 featured a slot loading drive and support for vertical orientation.

Nevertheless, the decision likely won't affect too many Xbox One users. "We found, interestingly enough, that 80 per cent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox [360] horizontally," Penello adds.

Xbox One launches in the UK on November 22.


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Grammartron@ Endless

That is quantum.
Posted 16:29 on 20 September 2013
Endless's Avatar


As if to prove how diverse this decision can be if I stood a console vertically in my setup it would actually take up more space than horizontally.
Posted 15:26 on 20 September 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


It depends how you have your space organised. The vast majority of people will have them stored horizontally on a TV shelf or similar, which takes up less space than having it stood vertically on the floor.

I think the PS4 looks better vertical, but I do feel it's a bit cheeky to charge people for the pleasure.
Posted 12:27 on 20 September 2013
Freekill's Avatar


Surely they should supply a stand or something if their are issues with it standing up vertically? Most people prefer vertically simply because it saves space, trust me the xbox one is not going to be saving space while it is horizontal.
Posted 12:19 on 20 September 2013


Annoying, as I need it to stand vertically ideally to fit on my desk...... shuffling needed.
Posted 11:22 on 20 September 2013


Downstairs use is fine, it sits on a shelf under the TV, but I'll now have to work out space issues with my study. I might have to move a lot of stuff to get it in. Hmmm, time for my Dreamcast to go elsewhere.
Posted 11:21 on 20 September 2013
GQRDY's Avatar


this bothers a little just because I would rather have it standing next to my 360 , but I have space to lie it down elsewhere
Posted 11:07 on 20 September 2013
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dav2612@ Karlius

Simple. Space. My 1st PS3 was vertical and I had to do some re-arranging since the new one was a horizontal. My PS4 will be vertical.
Posted 09:58 on 20 September 2013
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Used to use mine vertically however after I managed to bump it and ruin my HDD on my elite it's been sitting down. Did have the current one in a vault for a few months but even that was impractical. I would also say most of my mates also have theirs on their sides and I now wonder what the fascination was with vertical.
Posted 09:49 on 20 September 2013
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