During the past week, influencers and journalists have been getting to grips with the Xbox Series X and testing out some of its features. Reports have suggested that the next-gen console runs rather hot, and naturally, the internet has been up in arms ever since. Now, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has stepped in to cool things down.
In a now-deleted Twitch clip, Jeux Video’s Ken Bogard said, (as translated by VGC) “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.” Giant Bomb co-host Jeff Bakalar also said the Series X was pumping out large amounts of heat even when in standby mode but did stress that this was prototype hardware. While a console expelling heat shouldn’t cause too much concern, Microsoft has had heat issues in the past, primarily with the Xbox 360 and the infamous red ring of death situation.
Is it really running hot or is that just a case by case thing when doing backwards compatibility?— Chris Weaver (@chrisweaverco) October 8, 2020
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
Microsoft has now commented on the issue. Responding to a question over on Twitter, Greenberg says that the Series X heat output is not that much different from the heat produced by the Xbox One X. It’s worth pointing out that the majority of hands-on previews haven’t noted any heat problems at all, with some describing the console as “whisper quiet.”
Hopefully, now that we have Greenberg’s comment things will now cool off a bit.