After gaming for hours or leaving your Xbox One on for a long period, you may notice that it starts to get slower. The culprit is most likely a full cache. We rarely discuss it on gaming consoles but on PCs. That said, it’s important to clear your cache on Xbox One as it will enhance your gaming experience.
Just like a computer, your Xbox One’s memory can quickly fill up with unnecessary data. Most gamers quickly unclutter their hard drives to create room for games, but overlook the console’s RAM. This is where all data from recent games and apps are stored and pulled up by the processor.
Step 1: Turn the Console Off
Before going any further, it’s a good idea to stop and save your current game. This will prevent you from losing any unsaved progress, as you will have to restart the console. If your Xbox One is already turned off, leave it that way and proceed to step two. Otherwise, go ahead and turn it off once you save and exit your current game.
Step 2: Unplug the Xbox One
With the console turned off, you need to unplug it. There are two ways to do this. You can unplug the console from the wall or unplug the power cord from the console’s back. It really doesn’t matter how you disconnect power, and you don’t need to disconnect anything else. So, do whatever is easiest.
Step 3: Discharge Residual Power
Once you unplug the console, leave it for about a minute. If you disconnected the console from the wall, give it an extra minute or two for power in the power brick to drain. Then, press the power button on the front of the console to discharge any residual power left in the console’s capacitors. This will also effectively clear the cache.
Step 4: Plug the Console Back in
After pressing the power button, you are free to plug the console back in. You don’t need to do anything special, but it would be a good time to plug the console into a surge protector if it wasn’t already.
Step 5: Power on the Console
Once the console is plugged back in, you can go ahead and power it on. Nothing remarkable should happen, and there is no way to confirm the console’s cache has been cleared. However, if your console was sluggish, you should notice an improvement.
Fix a Slow Xbox
Clearing your Xbox’s cache is a crucial step when diagnosing and fixing a slow console. However, if the problem persists, you will likely want to diagnose it further. Check that the console isn’t overheating. An overheating console commonly causes the processor to run less efficiently, leading to slower load times.
Additionally, you should consider the possibility that your hard drive is failing. Traditional hard drives like those in the Xbox One consoles use a spinning platter which can start to fail over time. Similarly, your disk drive could also be starting to go out. You can use a disk drive cleaner to try cleaning the lens. Finally, don’t overlook the possibility of slow Internet, as it can slow down the console too.
The Role of Cache
Many people don’t understand the role the cache plays in a computer or gaming console. While it certainly isn’t necessary to know, it can help explain how your console works so quickly. The cache is a store of data, such as images, served into the RAM for quick access by the processor. This prevents the processor from having to look through the hard drive every time you want to retrieve some data.
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