Whether you prefer your Xbox 360 stood up straight or laying face down, users have always have the ability to decide how to position their console. Now with the Xbox One on the way, that trait will be narrowed down to one option; laying face down. Microsoft has warned that the Xbox One will not support vertical orientation; meaning it will not be able to stand on its sides without risking serious damage to the console.
"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk," said Albert Panello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox. "It wouldn't be a cooling problem, we just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both," he said.
Currently it's unknown what damage will occur if you stand the console vertically, but from the sound of things it won't be good. For some people, this may be an issue as it's possible that they won't have the space to lay the console horizontally. However for most people it won't be that big of a deal as explained below:
"We found, interestingly enough, that 80 per cent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally." Statistics are at it again, proving that if the majority finds favor with the other option, the lower percent doesn't matter much. I don't know how this will affect everyone, but I guess we will have to wait and see on how it will turn out.
The Xbox One is scheduled for released on November 22, 2013 and will cost $499 or £429 depending on your location.
Personally, this won't be an issue for me because I usually keep my console lying face down, but sometimes switch it up whenever I re-arrange my room. What are your thoughts on only being able to keep it faced down? How will it affect you if you have to have it vertically? Please let me know your answers in the comments below.