Load Times on the Xbox Series X Are a Fraction of the Xbox One X's
Across the board, the Xbox Series X is seeing lower load times for current-gen titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Destiny 2
We already knew that games would be loading faster, mostly because SSDs outperform HDDs, but also because we’ve seen the Xbox Series S go up against its last-gen counterpart, the Xbox One S in a game load-off. However, the results coming from other outlets that have had the opportunity to toy with the new flagship Xbox are astonishing.
Over at The Verge, Tom Warren spent a week with the Xbox Series X, and as part of his hands-on, he measured the load times between some of this generation’s most popular titles. The results show a decrease in load times across the board, some by expected, smaller margins and others by much more. Most notably, Sea of Theives, Warframe, and Destiny 2 were all able to shave over a minute off of their load time. The smallest change was for CoD: Warzone, which, at an already impressive 21 second load time on the Xbox One was brought down to 16 seconds.
The Dorito Pope himself, Geoff Keighley, has also spent some time with Microsoft’s new flagship console. Besides his praise for quick resume, which he said was like “Alt-TABbing” between games, he noted the console’s impressive load times.
Load times VASTLY improved across the board. I tested Fortnite, Warzone, Ori, Batman: Arkham Knight, even older titles like Modern Warfare 2 and Gears of War (the original 360 disc versions!)
Load Times + Quick Resume makes moving between games almost like Alt-TABing.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 28, 2020
It shouldn’t be surprising either that older games you play on the Series X will also benefit from the switch to an SSD. It seems like no matter what game you play, as long as it’s from the ongoing gen or prior, load times are going to be slashed. The real question left is what we’ll be looking at in terms of load times for next-gen titles, especially for folks playing at 4K.