With the Xbox One X due to launch next month, Microsoft has already rolled out 4K assets to Xbox Insiders to streamline the transition to a new console. The One X will offer a “true 4K” gaming experience, however, that also makes some fans wonder how loud the console will be under load.
That was a question a fan asked Aaron Greenberg, the head of marketing at Xbox, on Twitter. In reply, Greenberg said the Xbox One X is “super quite,” especially if you take into account the power required to run the games at native 4K.
Yes, amazingly it is super quiet given the power it puts out
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) October 5, 2017
If you go through Xbox One X tech specs at their official page, Microsoft talks about 40% increase in power, and also details the methods it has used to achieve maximum cooling and minimal noise. It says the console uses “advanced liquid cooling and the supercharger-style centrifugal fan” to keep temperatures down.
Moreover, Xbox One X employs the “hovis method” which is a state-of-the-art digital power delivery system that custom tunes each console’s voltage. It basically ensures power is only delivered to those parts of the system that actually require it. The chips get exactly what they need to accomplish any specific task, and so a lot of power is saved from getting wasted that would otherwise have come out as heat.
This way the hovis method not only makes the console power efficient but also helps reduce the heat in the system. This, along with liquid cooling, keeps the console cool which should result in a silent performance even under load.
So what Greenberg said does seem to be true, but we’ll find out for sure when the Xbox One X hits the shelves on November 7. The console will retail for $499 USD and £449 GBP.
In related news, Xbox CVP Mike Ybarra confirmed that 4K updates for games are not mandatory, but it’s up to developers if they make them optional. The 4K content is not ready yet.
Devs can make it optional for people.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) October 6, 2017