Speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, Xbox Senior Director Of Product Management and Planning, Albert Panello, has today revealed that Microsoft’s next-gen console won’t support vertical orientation due to its disc drive.
In an interview with GameSpot Panello said “We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk”, before going on to clarify that this isn’t – as you may expect – due to the system requiring ventilation or such, but rather an issue Microsoft seem to have with the Xbox One’s Blu-ray drive.
“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” Panello explained.
Of course, The Xbox One isn’t the first system to feature a drive like this; both Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 machines feature similar slot-loading drives, and allow users to lay the console flat, or stand it upright, as they so please and without problem.
Panello also quoted the unsurprising Microsoft statistic that “80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally” – there are known issues with the earlier 360 models damaging discs when they’re vertical, however, so maybe that’s a deciding factor, rather than user choice alone?
The Xbox One is scheduled for release in the UK on November 22nd, for £429.