As hot as a fireplace.
Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X is already gaining praise for its performance and built quality, but it seems that you would need proper ventilation for the console as it apparently runs hotter than usual.
Journalists who were lucky enough to play around with the Xbox Series X reported a positive experience with the console, saying that it runs quiet and performance is top-notch, but the one thing they were all saying is that the console runs hot.
So hot that some are saying that it can double as a fireplace. While it doesn’t affect the console in any way, many are concerned about how other users will react to the Xbox Series X running hotter than the usual. “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,” said Ken Bogard from Jeux Video in a now-deleted video chat.
Even if the Xbox Series X can handle high temperatures, it might worry some gamers who would probably need to find a way to have proper ventilation on the next-gen console. That being said, the units that journalists have are still pre-release devices and chances are the consoles releasing in November will be different. It was also highlighted that backward compatible games are the ones generating a lot of heat.
The Xbox Series X comes in a more compact form compared to the PS5. It uses a single 130mm fan that pumps air from the top of the console. Microsoft of course wouldn’t let the heat be an issue on the Xbox Series X, but it’s interesting to know how well the console will perform once it releases in November.
One thing’s for sure, you may need to allocate enough space for the console so it can properly ventilate itself when it’s being used.