Favourite Position

So you’ve finally bought your next gen gaming console. You probably debated for days which system to get, and you’re glad it’s over. You’ve made your choice. You’ve made your purchase. You’ve made it home… But now there’s a new problem.

Holy Crap! Which way do I orient the console?!

The thoughtful industrial designers and engineers at Sony and Microsoft have given us the option to setup their new generation of consoles vertically or horizontally. Of course, if your space is limited, you may not have the liberty to choose – but if you do, which position is better? Which orientation is best for heat dissipation? Based on principles of surface area and convection, arguments scattered across the internet have never been conclusive.

But now there’s definitive evidence.

Thermal imaging reveals a slight advantage for the ps3 in a horizontal position. The higher average temperature for the horizontal ps3 is likely due to the holistic, versus zoomed imaging of the vertical ps3. Is this minuscule difference a cause for panic? Yes. Get your gear horizontal before you start a fire, son.

Thermal imaging for the xbox 360 reveals slightly different results.


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