Xbox One not designed for vertical orientation

By Steve Watts, Sep 20, 2013 7:30am PDT

Come November 22, you might be planning to slide your Xbox 360 out of its little nook and your shiny new Xbox One in. But if that space is vertically oriented, think again. Microsoft says the new console wasn't built to stand up.

"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk," senior director of product management Albert Panello told GameSpot. You probably could have guessed that much, considering all of the official images we've seen of the system have it laying on its belly.

Panello was sure to note that it wouldn't create a cooling problem for the console, but the disc drive could be a problem. "Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both." He also pointed out that, at least according to their own research, 80% of people have their Xbox 360 consoles oriented horizontally. So most people shouldn't be too put out by the requirement.

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