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Xbox Series X/S Boot Time Will Be 5 Seconds Faster

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Microsoft is speeding up the boot time of its Xbox Series X/S consoles. In the new Xbox Insider test builds of the Xbox dashboard, the cold boot startup time has been decreased by around 5 seconds. Microsoft was able to speed up the boot sequence by making 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.”

Xbox Series X/S owners will only profit from the speedier boot times if they have their consoles set to Energy Saver mode instead of Standby mode. Energy Saver mode means the console completely powers off, instead of going into a standby state. This means you can’t power on the console and instantly start playing, but Energy Saver is friendlier for electricity bills.

Microsoft’s changes will make it faster to boot up in Energy Saver mode, taking the Xbox Series X/S boot process from around 20 seconds down to around 15 seconds. It makes the Energy Saver mode even more appealing, especially after Microsoft made it the default option for new Xbox consoles earlier this year with the adding support for downloading updates in the background.

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