You can now alter the brightness of the Xbox console and controller lights, as well as dimming your screen.
If, like this writer, your eyeballs recoil at anything higher than one lumen, your luck might be in, especially if you own an Xbox. How so? Because you’re about to get a Night Mode feature to give your oversensitive rods and cones a bit of respite.
Xbox Unveils Console Night Mode
Let’s be honest, staring at a bright screen for hours isn’t good for your eyes. It doesn’t matter whether or not you can feel your eyes straining, they will be if your screen is bright.
Likewise, the LEDs on devices can be unnecessarily bright. So much so that you may find you need to remove these sources of light from a room you’re trying to sleep in; console and controller LEDs being a case in point.
So, it is splendid news that the latest Xbox Insider Release Notes reveal that Night Mode is coming to Xbox soon. It is available to Xbox Insider alpha testers as of today, and Microsoft will roll it out to further testing before it hits everyone’s console.
What Is Xbox Night Mode?
Essentially, Xbox Night Mode allows you to dim the LED lights on your Xbox console and controllers. So, you can now reduce the amount of light your power button is emitting. Likewise with the controller, you can dim the Home Button and other lights you find on the device.
Not only that, but it also allows you to dim your screen, too. So if your screen is too bright, you can reduce the strain on your eyes by lowering the brightness from your console.
You can even schedule Night Mode. So, if you want ti to come on at certain times, i.e. when you want to go to bed, set your console up to dim all of your lights to nothing and you can sleep even while your console is on. This allows it to auto-update, for example, because you don’t need to switch your console off to get rid of those bright LED lights.
Why Is Xbox Night Mode a Useful Feature?
If you have sensitive eyes and you’re always hunting for the dark mode in your apps and on your favorite websites, then this is great to reduce the strain on your eyes when you’re on your Xbox.
Even when your Xbox isn’t in use, it is a great way to stop the bright LED lights from disturbing you in other ways, particularly when you want to get some rest in a dark room. Nobody wants a bright green light invading their dreams.
It is also useful in terms of power consumption, though. Especially in respect to battery-powered controllers. Dimming the lights to their lowest level means your battery isn’t working as hard to light them up. Thus, you should see an improvement in battery life.
Dim Those Xbox Lights!
You can now dim your Xbox lights, and it is a great idea to do so for the reasons stated above. Reducing eye strain while playing video games is of utmost importance if you want to protect your eyesight, and a bit more juice in your controller isn’t a bad thing, either.
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