This is what Microsoft has to say about the Xbox Series X’s heat issue


With about a month to go before the new Xbox consoles hit the market, Microsoft has been sending units to influencers and journalists worldwide, so that they can voice their opinion about the Redmond giant’s next-gen console.

And many have commended Microsoft for making the Xbox Series X a whisper quiet machine – after all, the Series X is the most powerful console yet to hit the market, packing in a serious amount of horsepower, so it’s quite impressive that it’s able to do its stuff without generating much noise. Plus, it’s quite small too, especially when compared to Sony’s gargantuan PS5.

However, in a report compiled by VGC, Jeux Video’s Ken Bogart pointed to the fact that his Xbox Series X console was running rather hot. “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 Bogard in a live stream video, which has since been deleted.

This has made some Xbox fans apprehensive, as it’s likely some still remember the Xbox 360’s infamous “red ring of death”, which was caused by overheating. The console’s “ring of light” (which was located on the front of the unit) would turn red when there was a general hardware failure, meaning people would have to pack their console and send it to tech repair…

Of course, Microsoft did not like the fact that some people were pointing to the fact that the Xbox Series X “can heat up your flat”, and has now commented on this via executive Aaron Greenberg.

The Microsoft man recently tweeted about the matter, saying that the Xbox Series X doesn’t actually emit more heat than the Xbox One X when in operation, as reported on

“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”, said Greenberg in his tweet.

Aside from what Greenberg has said, there’s also the possibility that the Xbox Series X consoles received by influencers are pre-release prototypes which might emit more heat when operating than the final retail console.

This, of course, remains to be verified, but it’s unlikely that reviewers will be complaining that the Xbox Series X runs as hot as an oven when the console becomes available on retail shelves on November 10.

Xbox Series X (Microsoft Corporation)