Xbox Series X Greatly Reduces Load Times for Many Xbox One Games

Xbox Series X Greatly Reduces Load Times for Many Xbox One Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 1,496 Views

The next-generation consoles are less than two months away from launching and one of the most talked-about aspects of the consoles is the inclusion of a solid-state drive (SSD) and how they will greatly reduce load times for games. 

Several gaming outlets have released hands-on previews of the Xbox Series X today and The Verge has tested the loading times of Xbox One games on the Xbox Series X and comparing it to the loading times on the Xbox One X. The load times have greatly improved for many games using the Xbox Series X SSD. 

Sea of Thieves saw load times drop from one minute and 21 seconds on the Xbox One X to just 20 seconds on the Xbox Series X, while Destiny 2 dropped from one minute to 52 seconds to 43 seconds. Warframe now takes 25 seconds to load and The Outer World loads in an impressive six seconds.

Red Dead Redemption 2 also improved in loading times, but not by as much in terms of percentages. It went from one minute and 35 seconds to 52 seconds. No Man's Sky went from two minutes and 13 seconds to one minute and 27 seconds. 

Check out the complete comparisons below:

Game Xbox Series X Xbox One X
CoD: Warzone 16 seconds 21 seconds
Red Dead Redemption 2 52 seconds 1 min, 35 seconds
The Outer Worlds 6 seconds 27 seconds
Evil Within 2 33 seconds 43 seconds
Sea of Thieves 20 seconds 1 min, 21 seconds
Warframe 25 seconds 1 min, 31 seconds
AC: Odyssey 30 seconds 1 min, 7 seconds
No Man's Sky 1 min, 27 seconds 2 mins, 13 seconds
Destiny 2 43 seconds 1 min, 52 seconds

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch worldwide on November 10.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments

Azzanation (on 28 September 2020)

No Man Sky load times are ridiculous


shikamaru317 (on 28 September 2020)

Gamespot also did some load time testing. They tested a few different games than Verge did and got a faster result on RDR2 than Verge did, 38 seconds on Gamespot compared to 52 for Verge, but they got a slower result on Outer Worlds, 11 seconds vs 6. FFXV was reduced from over a minute to 13 seconds. Control from 58 seconds to 10 seconds.


KratosLives (on 29 September 2020)

meh nothing great here. These are all old titles.


vonny (on 29 September 2020)

Boot speed of the Series X is pretty bad. Expected more than 20 seconds .


Mr Puggsly (on 28 September 2020)

On a side note. Xbox One X often has faster load times than a base Xbox One. So it will be even better for people going from base 8th gen to 9th gen. However, you could also improve load times significantly on Xbox One devices using an external SSD. Unsurprisingly its open world game benefitting most, which is why I play open world games on a SSD.


Vendrom (on 28 September 2020)

Hmm I was expecting a bigger difference considering how much faster an SSD is. But quick resume does look a great solution to that


shikamaru317 (on 28 September 2020)

Alot depends on the game. If you notice, alot of the games with poor results are older, and that is because those games were designed with slow hard drives in mind, the SSD is just brute forcing it's way through those loads. Some are online games, and so the fact that it needs to connect to a server over the internet is slowing up the load and preventing the SSD from making much difference. But some of the newer games were properly optimized for SSD's to begin with because MS asked developers the last 2 or 3 years to design their games with next-gen backwards compatibility features in mind, so we see much larger improvements in load times on those games. For instance Control loads were reduced from 53 to 10 seconds, Outer Worlds from 27 to 6 seconds, Sea of Thieves from 1 minute and 20 seconds to 20 seconds.


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