Microsoft has quietly made a change to the boot animation on the Xbox Series X|S consoles, speeding boot time by 5 seconds.
“Can confirm – worked with Harrison Hoffman and Jake Rosenberg to create a shorter boot up animation (~4s) from the original boot up animation (~9s),” Microsoft director Josh Munsee tweeted in response to a customer observation about the shorter boot time, “helping to reduce the overall startup time.”
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To be clear, this only impacts Xbox Series X|S owners who use the default Energy Saver mode instead of Standby mode, the latter of which keeps the console on at all times in a low-power mode and handles automatic update installs. With Energy Saver, the console will effectively turn off to save power and then boot normally each time it’s turned on. The overall impact appears to change the boot time from about 20 seconds to about 15 seconds.
Microsoft is testing the change with Insiders, so it should come to all Xbox Series X|S users in the next month or so.