Several players in the video game industry have taken advantage of the recent United Nations Climate Summit to take concrete action on ecology. If you’ve heard about Sony’s promise for the next generation of PlayStation consoles, Microsoft has also committed to reducing its CO2 emissions.

Microsoft is one of 21 companies in the industry that have joined the “Playing for the Planet” alliance and have therefore voluntarily committed to take various environmental actions over the next few years: energy management, planted trees, more eco-friendly packaging, recycling of devices, and even integration of ecological concepts into game design games.

If maintained, these commitments should result in a 30-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Microsoft, which had already committed to climate change in 2012, announced a new target in part of this alliance “Playing for the Planet.” The US giant has indeed promised to reduce by 30% the CO2 emissions of its production lines by 2030.

More surprisingly, Microsoft is going to pilot 825,000 Xbox consoles certified as having achieved “carbon neutrality.” Basically, this means that these machines will not emit CO2 (a first for a console). Phil Spencer’s firm explains that this is just a test but is already looking for “how to further limit or neutralize the carbon emissions of all its devices in the future.” Note that Microsoft does not specify if these consoles with the “carbon neutrality” will be Xbox One S, Xbox One X or Scarlett.

Can the limited or no carbon footprint of a console tip your purchase intentions in its favor? Do ecological considerations now influence your purchase intentions? Give us your opinion in the comments below.

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