So, the PS4 had its day under the gaze of a thermal camera. Now it's time for Microsoft's latest to share a similar fate. This time round though there are three items to test — the Kinect sensor, the power brick and the console itself. Guess which one's the hottest?
Again, Planet Extech's Vatche Arabian cracked out his FLIR E8 thermal camera and gave the Xbox One the once over. Well, several once overs. Unlike the PS4, which is fairly self-contained, the Xbox One has a couple of external components that needed monitoring.
As with the PS4, he recorded a number of images at different stages of operation — after the firmware update (console: 30°C / PSU: 18°C); post-intro movie (console: 32°C / PSU: 28°C); and after two-and-a-half hours of Dead Rising 3 (console: 46°C / PSU: 39°C).
Compared to the PS4, the Xbox One is around 10-14°C cooler, though Arabian correctly points out the former console has a self-contained power supply, increasing the temperature of the unit as a whole.
What I found surprising was how warm the Kinect sensor got at its hottest — 42°C, three degrees more than the power brick at its peak, but still a few notches cooler than the Xbox One itself. That's a lot toastier than I imagined it'd get.
Xbox One Thermal Images [Planet Extech]