The PS2 is credited for many things, but one that many have seemed to forgotten (or at least taken for granted) is how it introduced and popularized the idea of having a console be positioned vertically.
It's a cue that many have taken since, including Microsoft, who designed the Xbox 360 to be usable on its side. In fact, it was encouraged. So one might assume that you'd be able to do the same with their next, upcoming console, the Xbox One.
Joystiq reports that the One was designed to be operational flat on the ground, and not on its side. As such, going with the later position risks damaging both the console and its games.
Albert Panello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, states:
"We don't support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk… It wouldn't be a cooling problem, we just didn't design the drive for vertical. Because it's a slot loading drive, we just didn't design it for both."
Surely this will annoy quite a few, who like arranging their consoles a specific way, and have assumed that all hardware can be positioned on its side, as has been the case for a while now.
But even more so may miss the memo, even if its stated as such, in writing, when the console is first opened up. Which means, expect more than a few reports of messed up system plus games when it first arrives, and also Christmas.