Hard Drive

Xbox One is a video game console in todays generation that dominants the world of the gamers. This console was created by Microsoft and it is a model designed and built on the similarities of the Xbox 360. This piece of technology has made it easier for people to get a revolutionary experience of gaming and entertainment with the advanced quality upgrades. How a gaming system works can be amazing, but thats all thanks to the mechanics.

the hard drive

Xbox One is built with many types of components. This console's hardware runs on a 8-core x 86 AMD CPU (processor) which is basically the brain of the system, there is a 8GB of DDR3 RAM memory, a GPU thats similar to a Radeon 7790 (graphics), a optical drive which is the DVD/Blu-ray drive and a 500 gb hard drive for storage, HDMI in/out (4K support), and a USB 3.0. Each of these components consists of metal and metalloid elements listed below:

  • Silicone - Si (Metalloid): Most important element used in the making of any electronic device.
  • Sliver - Ag (Transition Metals)
  • Aluminum - Al (Post-Transition Metal): Is a good choice for hard disks since it's light and non-magnetic
  • Copper - Cu (Transition Metals): Good conductors of electricity. Copper is far more common than ruthenium and neodymium. It's 10,000 times more abundant than platinum and thousands of times cheaper. It's one of the most important materials and you'll also find it in the various cables that connect components like the hard disk and the CD/DVD drive to the motherboard.
  • Gold - Au (Transition Metals): Gold is only used in very small quantities, but it's used as the plating on the pins or pads of most high-performance processors. It is an excellent metal for plating components: as a fairly nonreactive element, it doesn't get destroyed due to reaction with the air.
  • Lead - Pb (Post-Transition Metal)
  • Zinc - Zn (Transition Metal)
  • Beryllium - Be (Alkaline Earth Metals)
  • Tantalum - Ta (Transition Metals): This is often used as one of the materials in circuit boards as it conducts electricity well.
  • Nickel - Ni (Transition Metals)

Most controllers are wireless with built in vibration features, likely requiring neodymium (Nd - Lanthanoid Metal) magnets and cerium (Ce - Lanthanoid Metal) to enhance the infrared or LED wireless technology.

Electronic recycling is done in order to recover valuable rare earth metals and precious metals, which are in short supply. An Xbox can be recycled because it is made from materials that are recyclable like plastic and metal. It also is full of toxic stuff that should never make it to a landfill, like arsenic, lead, and cadmium. If those materials make it into landfills, they can potentially leak into our ecosystem, damaging plant and animal life and potentially impacting our food supply. Reuse of tin, silicon, iron, aluminium, and plastics can reduce the costs of constructing new systems. Microsoft sponsored recycling opportunities are located in different areas by Microsoft to get people to recycle their gaming systems and that is the only method used to recycle products of Microsoft such as the Xbox One.

In nature, metals are usually found in compounds (usually combined with oxygen or sulphur). Most pure metals, like aluminium, silver and copper, come from the Earth's crust. These compounds are mixed up in rocks or minerals called ores. An ore is a rock that has enough metal in it to make it worth extracting the metal. The main ores of copper are Chalcopyrite, Bornite, and Malachite. Over 50% of the World's copper comes from chalcopyrite and bornite. Mining, carbon reduction, and removing by electrolysis are common methods used to get these metals and metalloids. China is at the top for silicon and , lead, and aluminum production, USA for copper and beryllium, Uzbekistan for gold, Mexico for silver, Rwanda for tantalum and India for zinc..

The last console generation had a life cycle of 6-8 years and gamers will probably be hanging on to their old consoles for several years to come. As Xbox One is the newest generation, it is still expected to last for 6-8 years before a person thinks of buying a newer model.

Xbox One and Xbox Live continue to see strong growth in sales and engagement. Xbox One sales in the U.S. were up 81 percent over May 2014 and active global Xbox Live members, Xbox One and Xbox 360, were up 20 percent. The release of the newest generation of the video game console, Xbox One, has changed the market hugely due to the consumption by the users. The latest statistics from Microsoft reveal the sale of 3.6 million Xbox One units, with projections of 9 million units by the end of 2015. In order for the Xbox One increase its market share, Microsoft will try to focus on users within the ages of 16 and 30 since they represents 32% of all video game users.

1) Xbox is a gaming system that helps people work on certain skills and with practice; they develop the skills to another level. Problem solving, critical thinking, leadership skills, creativity, and etc. are some of the skills people develop when playing games and Xbox helps people do that by being one of the most widely played gaming system. These skills are life skills that can be used in our daily lives. It allows people to become competitive and create motivation to do better. 2) Xbox helps make money. The inventions of the gaming system help create jobs for people. The buying and selling of Xbox helps the economy and the video game industry. Video gaming is one of the largest leading industries in the world and one of the best entertainment options for people to participate in. 3) Xbox helps create a healthy mind. Playing video games is a great way of escape from stress and problems. It allows a person to focus somewhere else, to clear their head. Research has shown that video games have helped people who suffer from depression, cancer and other illnesses. An act of play is a must for humans in order for them to grow and video gaming systems are a great resource to fulfill that act of play that humans need. The following three arguments show how video games (Xbox One) can help make the world a better place and, in fact, it has made the world a better place. A lot of research and studies are out there that help support each of the arguments.

  • Societal Pro: it helps make connections with people across the world and help develop skills.
  • Societal Con: it can cause an addiction and lead to abnormal behaviour such as violence.
  • Environmental Pro: it helps keep the environment clean as most of the parts are reused and recycled.
  • Environmental Con: the earthly resources used to make the systems are becoming rare. Soon all the minerals and so will run out.
  • Economic Pro: it helps the labour industry and keeps the economy going with the result of buying and selling. There are more jobs to create such gaming systems and to help improve them.
  • Economic Con: it can create isolation among people and create dependency upon technology, especially for the next generation. Certain activities like going to the movies, amusement parks and etc. will become vanished and the use of gaming will be on a higher demand.

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