The company has been making the energy-saving option the default on new consoles since March 2022. However, since this setting was not always the default, millions of consoles still have the “instant on” option set as the default, which consumes more energy. The plan is to release an update that will automatically switch Xbox consoles to the Shutdown energy-saving mode. However, the option to switch back to the Sleep “instant on” option will remain available. Furthermore, Microsoft plans to roll out a new “active hours” setting that will provide a balance of “instant on” and every saving. The update is expected to arrive later in January. When comparing both power modes, you will notice significant energy usage. The Shutdown option takes around 15 seconds to start the Xbox console, but it only wastes 0.5 watts when it is powered down. On the other hand, the Sleep option starts the console instantly, but it uses between 10-15 watts. According to the company’s announcement, switching the power mode on Xbox Series X, S, and One will reduce your power consumption and will not affect performance, gameplay, or the ability to receive overnight system updates, games, or apps. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.