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Xbox Series S time to restart & power up, compared to Xbox Series X

We’ve done it with the Xbox Series X already, and now Stevivor’s taking the Xbox Series S to task by measuring the time it takes for the next-gen console to power up from a restart or cold state.

While there are many ways to restart the Xbox Series s, we’ve chronicled a couple. With each, we’ll detail how the unit was powered on.

Time to start from fully powered off state

For the purposes of this test, we started each console’s recording at the same time we pressed its physical power button.

In the test, Xbox Series S took 28.77 seconds, slower than the Xbox Series X at 20.18 seconds.

Time to restart via Guide button > Restart

Our next text restarted each console by holding down the Guide (or Xbox) button and selecting Restart from the menu that appears.

The Xbox Series S restarted in 52.42 seconds, slightly slower than the Xbox Series X at 48.05 seconds.

Time to restart via Power > Restart

For this test, we’ve opted to use the Settings > Power > Restart route to perform today’s test. As always, we’ve recorded the process on both the Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, timing it all the while.

The Xbox Series S took 56.14 seconds to do this, slower than the Xbox Series X at 48.38 seconds.

Time to restart via Alternate MAC clear

Our final test measures times the time taken when the Xbox Series X is restarted via Network Settings > Advanced > Alternate MAC clear, then comparing that to the same journey on the Xbox One X.

(This is our favourite way to properly restart an Xbox, by the way!).

In the test, the Xbox Series X took 53.22 seconds, again slightly slower than the Xbox Series X at 48.50 seconds.

Ultimately, the Xbox Series S is slower to restart or power up than the Series X, but it’s also important to note that a full retail OS update has been pushed out between our initial Xbox Series X tests; we wouldn’t be surprised if the X was a bit slower now too.

The Xbox Series S & X head to store shelves on 10 November.

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Steve Wright

Steve's the owner of this very site and an active games journalist for the past ten years. He's a Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, ice hockey player and fan. Husband to Matt and cat dad to Wally and Quinn.