This is certainly the hot topic. It gives tours and generates noise on the network without a doubt. The famous CMOS battery case started to affect Playstation 4 and then spread to the rest of the consoles. Today alarmist headlines roam the web And this is not good. More than anything, because the press must inform and not alarm people.
Surely you’ve read about it, or at least you’ve seen it casually on Twitter, Telegram or other social networks. So today I’m going to tell you everything we know about this topic and the reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of it, at least in a few years.
What is CMOS battery and how does it affect your console?
A Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) battery is basically a small battery that supplies power to the motherboard when it is turned off. But why would a console want this? Well, basically to keep the BIOS setup active, which collects basic settings for the machine to boot.
This type of battery is estimated to have an estimated lifespan of 10 years. The danger is that in the event of “death” the machine would not retain the parameters necessary to start the games or the operating system, we would end up without using your physical or digital games. Settings as basic as the current time. In this video you can see the error affecting Playstation 3.
How does this affect the Xbox?
Like I said, after hopping the hare with PS4, the shift broke on Xbox Series XS and PS5. But also on Playstation 3 and other consoles. And is that the CMOS battery is something that is present in countless devices, from PCs to consoles and various gadgets. There’s nothing new.
For consoles, if this battery is exhausted, the machine will attempt to connect to online services to retrieve the settings. As Sony is shutting down services for these machines, it makes sense that unless they invent something (unlikely) the battery will not work and the user will not be able to access their games.
In the case of the Xbox, I wouldn’t be so worried. Microsoft has long unified services under the Xbox network, and Azure is a very important part of its business. During a hypothetical and apocalyptic event of the shutdown of Xbox services, Azure will always remain active.
There is also the fact that the life date of this type of component is estimated, my first Xbox and my Xbox 360 there are working and playing games without issue. Microsoft is investing heavily in preserving the legacy of games and updating classic titles; If it is already absurd to be alarmed by an Xbox One, it is even more so by a machine like the Xbox Series which has just been born.