The Xbox 360, like Darryn, is designed to go both ways. You can rest the console horizontally like a set top box, or stand the thing vertically if you’re the sort that likes their entertainment units upright. Like Darryn. The Xbox One though, will not support vertical orientation.
"We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk," senior director of product management and planning for Xbox Panello told Gamespot. "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."
"We found, interestingly enough," he added, "that 80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox  horizontally."
I’m okay with that, actually. The Xbox One looks like a set-top unit that belongs in a home entertainment system, and those generally look better when they’re horizontal. It is bizarre though; Penello blames the slot-loader for the vertical issues; yet the Wii, Wii U, Ps3 and Ps4 all have slot loaders and work vertically just fine.
Still, I have no intention of having my consoles vertical, so it doesn’t bug me in the slightest. What of you? do you stand your consoles up, or leave them lying?