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Microsoft is speeding up Xbox boot times

Microsoft is speeding up Xbox boot times


The boot process is now 5 seconds faster on Xbox Series X

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Microsoft’s white Xbox Series S sits alongside a bigger black Xbox Series X on a wooden coffee table in a living room
Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Microsoft is speeding up the boot time of its Xbox consoles. In the latest Xbox Insider test builds of the Xbox dashboard, the cold boot startup time has been reduced by around 5 seconds for Xbox Series X / S consoles. Microsoft was able to speed up the boot sequence and create a shorter bootup animation.

Xbox testers noticed a faster bootup time recently, and Microsoft confirmed the changes on Friday. Josh Munsee, director of Xbox integrated marketing, says the company created “a shorter boot up animation (~4s) from the original boot up animation (~9s), helping to reduce the overall startup time.”

The old and new Xbox Series X / S boot times.
The old and new Xbox Series X / S boot times.
Image: Tom Warren / The Verge

The changes aren’t limited to Xbox Series X / S consoles, either. “Xbox One generation consoles are booting noticeably faster with these changes,” explains Jake Rosenberg, senior product manager lead at Xbox.

Xbox owners will only benefit from the speedier boot times if they have their consoles set to Energy Saver mode instead of Standby mode, though. Energy Saver mode means the console fully powers off, instead of entering a standby state. This means you can’t power on the console and immediately start playing, but Energy Saver is friendlier for electricity bills and the planet.

Microsoft’s changes will make it quicker to boot up in Energy Saver mode, taking the Xbox Series X / S boot process from around 20 seconds down to around 15 seconds (including the time between pressing the power button and seeing the animation). It makes the Energy Saver mode even more appealing, especially after Microsoft made it the default option for new Xbox consoles earlier this year alongside adding support for downloading updates in the background.

Update, July 25th 1:15PM ET: Article updated to mention faster Xbox One boot times.