Initial tests from an industry insider defended the Xbox Series X and stated that it is not as warm as originally reported. Microsoft’s next-gen console is scheduled to launch next month, alongside its rival, the PlayStation 5 from Sony.
As the launch dates come closer, fans are receiving more and more details about the new systems and how they will function. With both companies offering respectably powerful new hardware, heat is one of the concerns of all players. Preventing heating issues is the main reason why the PlayStation 5 has a really huge size since the new console includes a large heat sink and fan.
First hands-on tests with the next-consoles revealed how crucial these features are. As experts got their initial experience with Microsoft’s next-gen console, most of them noted that the Xbox Series X had a severe heating issue.
I tested this with a thermocouple thermometer. I felt for the hottest vent on each console, and then stuck the sensor in a half inch. I turned on the meter when the game loaded and then played for 10 minutes. Results: pic.twitter.com/cozhVJbMXg
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) October 15, 2020
While many critics agreed that the system ran exceptionally silent compared to the Xbox One, a few sources agreed that the heat being produced by the console was too much. To alleviate these comments, Giant Bomb’s Jeff Bakalar pointed out that the systems initially tested by reviewers were only a preview model and that the final version of the Xbox Series X will possibly address the problem.
However, according to Jeff Grubb of VGC, there might be no problems at all. Grubb played with his own preview model and compared it to the Xbox One X. He played the same game on both systems – Hitman 2 – and examined the hottest vent on both systems.
Once he has located the vent, he inserted a thermometer to check the heat output from both machines. His experiment revealed that the Xbox Series x ran cooler compared to the older console, about five degrees Celsius on average.
He confessed that his test was far from perfect but, once again, the system given to him was just a preview console. However, the numbers speak for themselves and look to confirm what Aaron Greenberg Xbox’s Games Marketer, stated in his Twitter post earlier this month.
With such conflicting reports regarding the performance of Microsoft’s new console, it can be difficult to figure out what to believe. A comprehensive test like the one carried out by Jeff Grubb is a great start, but at the end of the day, gamers probably won’t have a definite answer if the Xbox Series X really has a heating issue until they play the console for themselves.
However, with preorders becoming chaotic as it can be, that can be a challenge in and of itself. There is even a retailer asking four times the price of the Xbox Series X for preorder vouchers.
The coming of the next generation of gaming consoles always leads to confusion. Misinformation, rumors, and speculations are prevalent, and it can be hard for players to receive the correct details before they get their hands on the actual console.
Luckily, with the Xbox Series X’s recently revealed 30-game launch games, there’s still enough reason for gamers to be interested in Microsoft’s next-gen console.