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Been wondering how big the Xbox Series X is? Microsoft compares it with a fridge for scale

The Xbox Series X is much smaller than a refrigerator. (Source: Microsoft)
The Xbox Series X is much smaller than a refrigerator. (Source: Microsoft)
Although Microsoft has already taken the wraps off its forthcoming Xbox Series X console, it hasn’t been completely clear from renders of the console exactly what its dimensions are. For home theater enthusiasts this could be a potential issue, but Microsoft has now cleared that up, albeit in a rather unorthodox manner.
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One of the great things about gaming consoles compared to PC gaming rigs is that they often much more compact. This is something that has been a little unclear when it comes to the forthcoming Xbox Series X which, for home theater enthusiasts, could cause a little consternation in terms fitting it in to their setups.Microsoft has now cleared this side of things by, naturally, comparing the size of its new gaming box to a refrigerator.

Compared to the fridge which stands at 70-inches tall, the Xbox Series X stands vertically at 11.85-inches (30.1 cm) tall. Because the Xbox Series X adopts a vertical stance as its default orientation, this makes it noticeable taller than the current Xbox One X which stands at just 2.4-inches (6.1 cm) tall and the PS4 Pro which comes in at 2.17-inches (5.5 cm). Of course, in a vertical stance, the Xbox Series X has a significantly reduced overall footprint which is undoubtedly why Microsoft opted for this approach.

Another reason Microsoft opted for the upright stance for the Xbox Series X is that it allows the air-cooling system to draw air through the rear of the device and vent it out through the top. It’s not dissimilar to the approach that Apple adopted for its 2013 upright standing ‘trashcan’ Mac Pro. What will be interesting, however, is how much noise it makes when its custom AMD Xen 2 8-core CPU and Custom AMD 12 Teraflop RDNA 2 GPU is cranked up to 100%.

(Source: Microsoft)
(Source: Microsoft)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1203 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-03-17 (Update: 2020-03-17)