Yes, the Xbox Series X can be used horizontally as well as vertically

Xbox Series X Horizontal
Xbox Series X Horizontal (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft unveiled the next-gen Xbox dubbed the "Xbox Series X" during The Game Awards, and I've already seen a few interesting comments about the design.

The console looks monolithic in its configuration, with air vents across the top. Microsoft noted in its blog about the console that this design revolves around keeping the system as quiet as possible while being able to cram it with beefy next-gen specs, which we've heard could be anywhere up to 12TF.

Xbox Series X

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

One thing many people have been asking me already is, can I use this vertically, as well as horizontally? The answer is yes!

From the blog post (opens in new tab) on the Xbox Series X, Microsoft elaborated a bit further on the design (emphasis mine).

Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It's bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.

We don't have full specifications on the size and orientation just yet, but you can get a decent idea on how thick it is from the next-gen Xbox controller (which also comes with a d-pad, by the way).

The Xbox Series X launches in the holiday season of 2020, around a year from now. And we can't wait.

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  • While certain to be polarizing it is far more unigue looking than the One or One X. I know exactly where mine will go!
  • How am I supposed to fit this in my stand. My one fits perfect where it is. This would fit in one of the drawers but I'm afraid not enough air.
  • How am I going to fit this behind my TV. So much for Hide It mounts, unless my TV will stay 1w inches out alll the time now.
  • Who thought it wouldn't?
  • I've actually seen quite a few posts about it. TBH if you can't fit it where your xbox is now, you probably shouldn't have your xbox there, due to lack of air flow.
  • Ah ok, I haven't seen anyone saying it couldn't and in my mind it's like any other disc based product that is shown sitting vertically, it can still turn on it's side. Just for the love of God people, don't move it while a disc is spinning inside, this isn't a Discman. Regarding your other comment, you generally need about an inch, maybe two, around a console, this is definitely wider than that. There would be a few entertainment units that would not be able to accommodate this product. That being said some high end AV receivers are easily as large on their side, so it's not impossible, it really depends on the individuals situation.
  • "9000 hours in MS Paint" and you still got it wrong ^^. The disc tray will obviously be at the top, and the USB port at the bottom.
  • The biggest question is how does that fit in a rack at a DataCenter for xcloud?
  • It may not need to. If you know ahead of time about new hardware, you can build that into the licensing beforehand.
  • Server blades are a completly different design process. They will probably have ample space. It isn't like they stuck XB1S full consoles with the plastic into the servers before.
  • Um, the data centers don't have entire consoles in them. Lol. Just the motherboards. Not the entire console casing.
  • Everyone seems to be forgetting a crucial thing here, how am I supposed to use my controller sideways like that?
  • You will need to game whilst laying down. I'm going to pre-order the Xbox gaming/yoga mat bundle.