Xbox Series X runs extremely hot, according to early reports

The Xbox Series X runs hot, early reports say
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We're just over a month from the launch of the Xbox Series X, but if you're thinking of buying one here's a word of warning: it runs hot.

That's according to journalist Ken Bogard from French video games site Jeux Video (opens in new tab) (courtesy of VGC (opens in new tab)). In a video, Bogard praised the Series X's quiet running, but expressed surprise at how hot the console got.

"The Series X is hot, like really hot!" Bogard said in the video. "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."

The video has since been removed from Twitch with no explanation.

The claim was backed up by Giant Bomb (opens in new tab) co-host Jeff Bakalar. In a separate video, he said his console was releasing a lot of heat even in standby mode. He also appeared to burn his hand on its storage expansion.

On the one hand, we should probably take these comments with a pinch of salt. Both journalists were using pre-release consoles, although given how close we are to launch, there's unlikely to be much of a difference between pre-release models and the final consumer units.

Both were also only playing older games designed for previous-generation Xbox consoles, as they don't have access to any made-for Xbox Series X titles. Could next-generation games push the console harder or will they have the opposite effect?

There's been a lot of praise on how quiet the console is in use, but we'll have to wait for more hands-on reports to see if the Xbox Series X has any real heating issues.


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