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Xbox basics: how long can an Xbox One stay on before overheating?

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For all of the costs of console gaming, it’s no wonder so many want to eek out as much value as possible. Preventing damage is par for the course. And if you’re someone who grew alongside the Xbox 360, you know just how much console defects, namely bad thermals, can add to overall cost (the infamous Red Ring of Death).

Thankfully, Microsoft course corrected with the Xbox One. Compared to the PS4, it’s much quieter and cooler. But you’re still going to want to keep certain factors in mind to prevent it from running too hot.

How long can you keep the Xbox One on until it overheats? Theoretically speaking, it’s going to depend on a lot of factors. In most cases, you’ll be absolutely fine with extended gaming sessions going well beyond 5 hours. The Xbox One, along with the Xbox Series X|S, were built with longevity in mind. In fact, the Xbox One was designed to be powered on continuously for 10 years.

Keep reading for our guide on how to minimize the risk of overheating, best practices, and what causes a console to run too hot.

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PS4 essentials: does it overheat?

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The first time I heard my PS4 fans kick into overdrive it was more than a little troubling (not to mention annoying). Those familiar with laptops and other fan cooled electronics know that, most of the time, things are kept to a quiet whir.

But sometimes, especially for those with older PS4’s, it can seem like your console is taking off from a runway. The noise can be so loud that you may even question whether the PS4 can overheat to the point of damage.

The short of it?

PlayStation 4 consoles do have the potential to overheat, but you probably won’t have to worry about such a scenario in most cases (and with certain precautions taken). Thousands of hours of testing and most likely millions spent (research and development) by Sony’s have taken the console to its limits before ever shipping to consumers.

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One possible cause to Fire TV Stick randomly shutting off

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As cool as beaming content to your TV with a Google Chromecast is, there’s something to be said about the reliability and feel of a remote. The first and second generation devices from Google were quick to impress me, but ever since using a Fire TV Stick it’s become my preferred way of streaming.

The only issues I’ve had so far with Amazon’s entry level device is its tendency to sometimes lag (mostly with the Hulu app) and crash when streaming. A little lag is easy to deal with, but random reboots are a buzzkill to say the least.

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