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Is your Xbox One running slow?

Have you ever been knocked off your gaming stride because of a slow Xbox One?

There is nothing worse than sitting down, ready to enjoy an epic gaming session to only find that your console is holding you back!

From time to time, you may notice your Xbox One running slow. This of course will then have a massive knock on effect to your gaming experience. Not only will your overall gaming feel sluggish, but it may effect your performance and also make you fall out of love with gaming.

And we at Console Therapy of course don’t want you to have to put up with this!

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    Why is my Xbox One Running Slow?

    We recently wrote an article on what you can do to ensure your Xbox One runs more smoothly – be sure to read through the article HERE.

    Don’t forget, our expert team are the professionals at services and repairs; so be sure to get in touch with us if you ever have any further issues!

    We have decided to put together this short article of three of the most common reasons you may find your Xbox One running slow, and the simple things you can do to ensure you get your console running at the right speeds!

    Complicated Cache

    One of the many reasons your Xbox One might be running slow is down to the fact it has been left on for far too long.

    This could then clog up the cache and the systems that are running behind the scenes.

    So be sure to put it through a hard restart or power cycle to fix the issue.

    All you have to do is simply hold down the power button for 10 seconds then unplugging everything (including the power cord!) for a good 5 minutes then plug it back in once again.  Do not rush this part as leaving the Xbox unplugged for 5 minutes really does help.


    Slow Games & Dashboard

    If you notice your games are starting to randomly glitch and freeze, as well as the Xbox One Dashboard taking a long time to respond to inputs from your controller, then this could be a sign of a failing internal hard drive. 

    First thing to try is restarting your Xbox (which will clear any cache as mentioned above).  If your Xbox still running slow, then one option might be re-placing the internal hard drive.

    We have a dedicated article you can read here which explains the process step by step of how to replace the hard drive in your Xbox One S or X

    You will need some tools though, but as long as you can use a screwdriver, the process is easy and straightforward. 

    De-clutter and clean

    Sometimes, your Xbox One can become slow and sluggish if you have too much saved on your disc drive.

    Over time we tend to accumulate lots of games and other apps that we simply do not use any more; there is always those old gaming files saved of games that you downloaded for free, or those games you used to play several years ago but you have now moved on from.

    The internal hard drive of your Xbox needs to work extra hard if it is constantly moving back and forth looking for data.  The cleaner the drive, the better the performance.

    You can free up some space and clear some space by deleting and removing any unplayed or unused apps.

    What else?

    As mentioned earlier, we have recently written a full article on the things you can do to ensure that your Xbox One runs smoothly. If you would like to read this article, and see an increase in your gaming performance be sure to click HERE.

    And if you ever need expert advice, support or repairs be sure to get in touch with our expert team and we will be able to help!

    Console Therapy provide fast, efficient games console repairs. We believe we are the fastest and most transparent games console repair service in the UK and EU.

    Let us prove it to you.  Get your instant repair quote now.

    Enjoy reading this guide? We have more PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series Support Guides in our Support section

    simon console therapy


    Owner, Senior Technician and Chief Writer here at Console Therapy

    With over 30 years of experience in IT hardware repairs and Electronics, Simon has a personal, non-jargon approach to home electronic repairs.

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