Microsoft is reducing the overall boot time of its Xbox consoles. The company is testing an update for Xbox Insiders, which is touted to bring down the boot time by approximately 5 seconds for Xbox Series X / S consoles. Xbox One consoles are reported to get faster boot speeds as well.
Some Xbox Insiders had previously observed that the duration of cold startup and boot animation had shortened. As spotted by The Verge, various executives at Xbox confirmed that Microsoft is testing a new update for faster boot times.
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Josh Munsee, director of Xbox integrated marketing, announced that the company developed “a shorter boot up animation (~4s) from the original boot up animation (~9s), helping to reduce the overall startup time.” Senior product manager lead Jake Rosenberg added that this feature is rolling out to the latest Xbox Insider builds for Xbox One generation consoles as well. From these statements, we can conjecture that Xbox developers were able to speed up the boot process and add a shorter boot up animation for the four-second timeframe.
Do note that this feature will only work if users have enabled Energy Saver mode instead of Standby mode. Energy Saver mode turns off the console instead of going into a standby mode. This is also likely to make Energy Saver more attractive for gamers.
As of now, this update appears to be rolling out exclusively to Xbox Insiders. As is customary with such updates, we can expect it to roll out for all Xbox users in the near future.