The project includes a slide featuring an image of the Xbox Series X, next to a claim "Xbox has created the world’s first carbon-neutral gaming console — actually, 825,000 of them".
In September last year, as part of the United Nations’ Playing for the Planet Initiative, Microsoft committed to producing 825,000 Xbox carbon-neutral Xbox consoles.
Microsoft does release "Eco Profiles" for its consumer devices, including the Xbox, providing a figure for the estimated emissions from manufacturing, energy usage, recycling and more.
Microsoft has committed to some ambitious climate goals as a company — like reversing their entire carbon emissions output by 2050 — but on the gaming side of the coin, it has been particularly quiet.
Now, after CNET and other raised concerns, Microsoft has removed the Xbox Series X from the image on its website.
A Microsoft spokesperson told CNET the pilot program "was conducted with Xbox One X consoles".
The thread, which began to pick up steam on Monday, suggested Xbox had produced 825,000 carbon-neutral Series X consoles.
A spokesperson for Microsoft told CNET in March the Eco Profile assessment for the Series X has not been performed, because the system’s final hardware and software were "still in development".
Microsoft has been particularly proactive in the climate change space with extensive sustainability reports detailing its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Xbox has created 825,000 "carbon-neutral" Xbox consoles, but this has nothing to do with the Xbox Series X.
But on Monday, a user started a thread on the ResetEra forums linking to a Microsoft Story Lab project about the company’s sustainability initiatives.
We are currently in the dark about the carbon emissions generated by the Xbox Series X.
Its Xbox console commitment would see carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates used to save about 616,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
No, Microsoft has not made 825,000 carbon-neutral Xbox Series X consoles https://t.co/MkrbiX3JYx— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 1, 2020