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Since 2013, the Xbox One has had some painful load times. While loading between different sections in games is usually fine, the initial boot-up of some larger triple-A blockbusters can take a minute or two (or longer in some cases). With the $500 upgraded Xbox One X, you might expect to see an improvement in this area. And Microsoft’s new console delivers. Load times are still around a minute or more, but in some of the worst offenders, the X is a huge upgrade over the original Xbox One.

YouTube user Hogarth has uploaded a loading-time comparison between the Xbox One X and S. The test has each system with its internal hard drive (HDD) and an external solid-state drive (eSSD). In the video below, you can see that while the SSD is an improvement in the S, it makes less of a difference in the X. The load times are also relatively close to the PlayStation 4 Pro. For example, GTA V loads in about 50 seconds on both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but this varies game-by-game.

Have a look for yourself:


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Here’s a breakdown by game:

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Xbox One S: 2 minutes, 3 seconds
  • Xbox One S with eSSD: 1 minute, 2 seconds
  • Xbox One X: 51 seconds
  • Xbox One X with eSSD: 50 seconds

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  • Xbox One S: 3 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Xbox One S with eSSD: 2 minute, 8 seconds
  • Xbox One X: 1 minute, 39 seconds
  • Xbox One X with eSSD: 1 minute, 39 seconds

Watch Dogs 2

  • Xbox One S: 1 minutes, 48 seconds
  • Xbox One S with eSSD: 1 minute, 14 seconds
  • Xbox One X: 1 minute, 7 seconds
  • Xbox One X with eSSD: 58 seconds

Based on these times, you can see that the X is approximately twice as fast as S. Again, an SSD can help, but it doesn’t do a lot for loading when it comes to The Witcher 3 or GTA V. This suggests the system has bottlenecks somewhere else along the memory pipeline.

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