We are less than a month away from the launch of Microsoft's Xbox Series X console, which will arrive alongside its lesser-powered all-digital sibling, the Xbox Series S. As more details emerge about the Series X, it seems the raw power of the device will mean it will run hot when it is on.
PCMag reports the Xbox Series X will, however, run quiet. This may be a surprise considering the hardware but the fact it will be hot is less of a shock. If you're unfamiliar with the innards of the console, here's a refresher:
- Eight-core AMD Ryzen CPU
- 12TFLOPS 52-CU RDNA2 GPU (1.8GHz)
- 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
- 16 GB GDDR6 RAM
Those are some power-hungry, high-end, and powerful specs. Especially when you consider the Series X is basically a relatively small, mostly closed, case. Certainly, the console does not have the kind of cooling you may see on a gaming PC.
Microsoft has attempted to overcome heat problems by making the Xbox Series X a bit of a hefty unit. However, according to the report those efforts have not stopped the device running on the hot side. It is worth mentioning, Sony's PlayStation 5 is even bigger than the Series X, so it will be interesting to see how that handles heat.
PCMag reports that touching parts of the Xbox Series X returns uncomfortably hot feedback. That report points to several people who have tested the console and reported their results. One now-removed video said the Series X is “almost like a fireplace shaft.”
Furthermore, the only games currently tested are backward compatible titles. These are Xbox One or Xbox 360 games. Presumably, current generation games will push the console further and could result in even more heat. However, that is not necessarily the case, so we need to wait until launch to find out.