Microsoft joins Sony in efforts to combat climate change by changing things at the front of the console. In the first case, a pilot project is starting to make 825,000 carbon-neutral Xboxes.
As part of the UN Playing for the Planet alliance, Microsoft joins several other gaming companies that are committed to doing what they can to help climate change. According to the United Nations Environment Program, the changes promised by these companies could have a great impact: “ Combined, these commitments of 21 companies will result in a reduction of 30 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2030, millions will see of planted trees, new "green shoves" in game design and improvements in energy management, packaging and device recycling. "
The Xbox in question would be carbon neutral, which means that its emissions of carbon would be offset by carbon removal. Microsoft claims that these experimental Xbox would be the first carbon-neutral consoles that exist. Assuming this pilot program is successful, it would be a somewhat more impressive achievement than the low power standby mode that It comes with the new PlayStation console (although it is true that it is not to sneeze either.)
The trap is that we don't do it yet. I know what consoles will be. Will the company commit to making the next Scarlett Project carbon neutral, or is it just an experiment with the Xbox One S / X that will soon be outdated? The company has not specified. Since it is rumored that Scarlett is much more powerful, it would be a big hit if it were the Xbox in question.
Other movements of the company include involving Minecraft players in sustainability efforts through "Build a Better World" and expanding its AI program for Earth.
Notably, Microsoft employees have asked the company to be more proactive about climate change. In an open letter published in Github, they asked their colleagues to " mobilize, work together and demand a fundamental change in Microsoft's priorities." The announcement, written by the Chief of Environment, Lucas Joppa, almost reads as a direct response to that, as he says:
It is important to note that while we have made progress on several fronts, there is still A lot of work to do within Microsoft to integrate sustainability more deeply into the company and everything we do. We are committed to doing this work and being transparent in our journey.
The other companies participating in the UN initiative include people like Ubisoft, Twitch, Niantic and Supercell. Google also participates with respect to Stadia, committing to " produce a new Sustainable Game Development Guide, as well as funding research on how" green shoves "can be effectively incorporated into the game." Everyone promises to raise awareness of climate change and promote sustainability, offset their own carbon emissions, or both.