Good news if you have a small flat and plan to buy an Xbox Series X, you won’t need to have your central heating on this winter if a couple of reports are to be believed. Jeux Video’s Ken Bogard posted a Twitch stream looking at the new console and said:
The Series X is hot, like really hot! It doesn’t make any noise, but damn it’s hot! The console is emitting heat like crazy. It’s almost like a fireplace shaft. You can heat up your flat with it.
Ken was playing backwards compatible games rather than Xbox Series X games so the console should have not been working too hard, heavens knows what the heat is like when it’s running something at 4K and 60fps. The video has been mysteriously removed from the internet.
Giant Bomb’s Jeff Bakalar has also commented on the heat output of the console, saying the even in standby mode “the entire thing is a little toasty.” Both Ken and Jeff had pre-release consoles but it is unlikely the final hardware design will have changed by November, no doubt there are millions of consoles already stacked up in warehouses.
UPDATE: Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has tweeted this response.
The console will output system heat out of the exhaust, just as any other console will. Our engineering team confirmed the heat leaving the console is not significantly different than Xbox One X. This matches my experience at home quiet, fast & impressive power for the size.
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) October 8, 2020
Recently it was revealed that the Xbox Series X will reserve around 20% of its 1TB SSD for system functions, presenting users with 802GB for installing games. Adding a 1TB SSD Expansion Card to the system will grant an additional 920GB storage in real terms.
Comparing this to an Xbox One X with a 1TB and this is actually quite a small, but not insignificant space saving. The current gen system provides 781GB of space from its 1TB hard drive to users..
What does this mean for the Xbox Series S and its 512GB SSD? Well, we don’t know for certain, but it will obviously be more limited by whatever requirement the system has. One thing that will definitely be smaller is the SSD space needed to support Quick Resume. The Series S has less RAM allocated to developers (believed to be 7.5GB for next-gen games), and so each game’s cache will be reduced. Microsoft could also limit the system to allowing for fewer games to be kept in Quick Resume. Not only that, but game sizes should be reduced further on Series S by the system targeting 1440p instead of 4K.
Source: Jeux Video via VGC