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How Much Time Will The Xbox Series X Save You Over the Generation? - Video

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We’ve pretty much spent the last few weeks deep diving into the Xbox Series X and its nuances, from a graphics comparison standpoint to the console's quick resume feature, right through to testing load times and boot times. It’s been a hoot! It dawned on us this morning, though, that we’ve banged on about how fast the Series X is, and all the time it will save you, but we haven’t actually told you how much time it will save you.

So, we donned our thinking caps this morning, worked out some numbers – purely hypothetical, of course, and mostly guesswork based on our own experiences – and then applied it to the science of numbers. That's maths. Here, ladies and gents, is how much time the Xbox Series X could save you over the course of the generation.


Let’s kick things off with an easy one. Based on our tests, we found that on average you save 41 seconds every time you boot the console up afresh with the Series X. If you do that twice a week, for seven years (the length of the Xbox One generation), you’ll gain an extra 29,848 seconds a generation to do whatever you want. That’s 497.5 minutes of your life you’ll get back; which is roughly about 8.3 hours. Which is enough time to play a couple of rounds of golf, complete a single-player, linear, narrative-driven action adventure game, or you could get an extra good night’s sleep in. Your call!

Load times:

Okay, so far you’ve saved a tiny bit of time, but nothing to write home about. Now, let’s take this game to a new level. Load times. The eighth generation of consoles was painful. If you weren’t being lumbered with updates, you'd be waiting through load times. Those are the two big takeaways from the previous gen. And while last gen was about the more mechanical hard drives, this gen is all about the SSDs. The future. So this is where things get really interesting.

First things first, we need to crunch some numbers and some generalities - how many hours a week, on average, does the average person play video games? Well, studies show 7-10 hours being roughly the average, but we imagine that means anyone who plays a game, whether it’s a mobile game or whatever, so we’re going to raise that number slightly. Based on complicated maths and algorithms, and not a number we just pulled out our arse (honest), we calculated 15 to be the actual average. That’s a few hours an evening, then maybe a bit of a session on the weekend… can you tell I’m single? Anyway! Fifteen seems to be a good average, even though we could manage that during a single session on The Witcher 3... Moving swiftly on!

Let’s say, on average, during the last generation, that six minutes of every hour gaming consisted of loading screens (about 10%) – which is not an entirely unreasonable number, when you think about it. The initial load into a game, fast travelling, walking through doors with load screens - all those times add up!

This week we calculated that the Series X was on average four-times quicker when it comes to loading screens – so, a three-minute load screen on the One S would only take 45 seconds on the Series X. So, six minutes of loading screens last-gen is one and a half minutes this gen, which is a saving of 4 and a half minutes per hour. 4.5 minutes x the 15 hours (average) of gaming a week - that's 67.5 minutes a week. So, you’ll roughly save an hour a week. With 52 weeks In a year. Again, seven years in a generation. That’s 409.5 hours saved per generation. That’s 17 days you’ll potentially save! Seventeen!!

Quick resume:

And last, but by no means least, we have quick resume, which means you can pick up where you left off in several games without having to endure that initial load (something we didn’t take into account in the previous category for this very reason!)

Right, this is where we get a little more theoretical because it’s hard to calculate otherwise. Let’s say in those 15 hours of gaming a week, you’re playing four different games (on rotation): a sports game (like PES 2020), an action adventure title (like Control), an RPG (like The Witcher 3, because it’s still the greatest RPG of all time), and a strategy-like game (say, Civ VI). To boot up and load four games last generation would take roughly 11 and a half mins (yes, we timed it with the four aforementioned games) and let’s be conservative and say you load up those four games maybe twice a week (or a combination of those four games), so every week you’re loading up games for 23 minutes of your 15-hour gaming time. Over the year that’s 19.9 hours. Over the generation that’s 139.3 hours. That’s nearly six days a generation sat through just booting up game and getting into a game!

For next-gen, though, that's not the case, thanks to Quick Resume. While it’s 11 minutes a week to boot up the four aforementioned games, the same games on the Series X take only five minutes (PES is 2 minutes of that!), but then, once you’ve loaded it up, that’s it for the week. The rest is just Quick Resume, which means to get into those four games (twice a week, remember) it’s only about 1m20 seconds (roughly 10-seconds per game, so 80-seconds in total). Right, now the maths, and this is where it gets a little tricky, but we’ll get there.

Let’s say, this rotation of four games, you play for four weeks – we can’t use Quick Resume loads for the whole year… unless you literally only play four games. We don’t. So, for a 4-week rotation, it’s going to cost: five minutes for the initial load of all the games. Once. And then the four games get booted up twice a week, like before. So the second time is only going to take 40 seconds. So, week one of the four is 5 minutes plus 40 seconds. So, 5m40. Weeks 2, 3 and 4 are just pure Quick Resume loads, so 80 seconds a week, so: 4 minutes total (4 games x 2 boots x 10 seconds x 3). In total, for the 4-week window, that’s 9m40. Now we need to multiply that 9m40 by 13 (13 x 4 = 52), which comes to a measly 2.1 hours a year. (roughly, of course) which makes 14.66 hours total. Per generation.

Now, to work out how much we save, we take the 139.3 hours from the Xbox One S timings, and minus the 14.66, leaving us with a saving of: 124.64 hours. So, about five days.

Okay, that’s the maths done. Now to tally everything up and see where we are. Well, thanks to the quicker boot, you save 8.3 hours a generation. Thanks to the quick load times you save 409.5 hours. And thanks to the Quick Resume, you could save 124.64 hours. That's a total saving of 560.44 hours! That’s about 23.4 days you’ll save this generation. In that time you can do whatever you want. Put those hours into other games, learn a language (which takes about 480 hours), play more games, you could see more friends and family, play more games, learn how to cook, play more games, watch more Netflix, play more games, read more, play more games… the list goes on. And on. And on. Just like the 23 days you just saved! Bloody mental!

Look, I know we were being a bit tongue-in-cheek, and with bigger games this gen, the games could take just as load to long, but we seriously doubt that. Mechanical HDDs are an archaic thing of the past and SSDs are the future, and we do truly believe you will save an incredible amount of time this generation. And probably have less time to make cups of tea, too. Yes, we’re British, and that stereotype is spot-on. Tally ho! Time for tea!

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch worldwide on 10th November. You'll find all of our previous Xbox Series X coverage here.


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US November 10, 2020

Price: $499.99USD
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