How Loud is the Xbox One? Compared to PS4?

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Firing up the original Xbox 360, particularly before HDD game installs became available, was an exercise in auditory punishment. That sucker cranked out the dBs in the hair dryer range. So just how loud is the bigger, badder Xbox One?

The folks at Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry put the Xbox One through its paces and measured noise decibels at close range, at 3 feet (1 meter), and at 10 feet (3 meters). Here’s what they found:

Image courtesy Digital Foundry.


That’s quiet. We’re talking sitting-in-your-living-room-alone-with-the-TV-off quiet. Here’s how Digital Foundry put it: “Xbox One is quiet to the degree that the Blu-ray drive is significantly louder than the cooler – even when we push the system to draw maximum power.”

According to Digital Foundry’s hardware review of Sony’s new console, the Xbox One is, in a turnabout, quieter than the PlayStation 4, especially at close range where the PS4 hit 53 dBs while gaming and simultaneously using UI functions. PS4′s noise test results:

So the Xbox One might not look as pretty as the PlayStation 4, but it will run quieter, cooler, and consume less power.

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7 Comments on How Loud is the Xbox One? Compared to PS4?

Dan Miller

On November 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

Consider a gamer’s typical use case. I have a big TV, so I’m never sitting “close” to my unit. Eurogamer describes “Close” as putting the microphone literally right next to the exhaust vent for each machine. I certainly won’t have my ear there very often. My TV recommends 6-10 feet. That’s somewhere between 1 and 3 “metres”. At those ranges, the units are at most 1dB apart across all functions. That’s a 2% difference. So indistinguishable. If you are “sitting in your living room alone”, as you describe, you will not hear a difference between these machines.

Seems temperature would be the tiebreaker. XB1 is a bit cooler during idle and blu ray, and PS4 is a bit cooler during gaming. I’m actually more concerned by the higher temperature of the XB1 during gaming, as that’s my main use case, and Microsoft has a history of inadequate cooling in their machines.

Disclaimer: I’ve owned every console made by Sony and MS. Just your run-of-the-mill Gamefront Troll.

Mark Krueger

On November 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Your charts show that the XBox is running hotter than the PS4 during gaming, not cooler. 49C for the XBox and 45C for the PS4. Having spent quite a lot of time playing Killzone (very CPU/GPU intensive game) on the PS4 about 3 feet away, I have yet to hear the fan. I can hear the optical drive when it spins up; it’s louder than the fan. I have to get about a foot away to hear the fan when the optical drive is not running. The PS4 is incredibly quiet. Vastly quieter than the PS3 or XBox 360.


On November 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

this is probly the most useless Facts about the 2 console to pick form, what a joke who will buy a console thinking how hot will the console be or what noise will it make… talk about ing power and stop saying “next-gen gaming” its only those console are a new-gen of ty hardware, xbox one running most game at 720p only, exactly like xbox 360, i was expecting Minimal Resolution to be atleast 1080p… ive alwase been a PC fan and maybe wanted to finnally have a console Worth to buy…. but they bring out ty consoles out again… console that could have come out 5 years ago with the same power…. What a joke….


On November 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Robert, you’re actually wrong. The Xbox 360 played most if it’s games in 1080p without having to upscale.


On November 22, 2013 at 1:35 am

Looking at your charts, it appears that the PS4 is only louder when immediately next to it. I would ask if you had the XBox One power supply on or next to the device while performing the test, as I don’t know if the power supply has a fan as it did in the 360 power supply.

Other than that, the PS4, according to your charts, is running cooler, and consuming less power. You may wish to change your final mini-paragraph to only mention quieter, and say that it’s only noticeable if you’re literally sitting with your ear beside the appliance.

As it stands right now, your final statement is largely an outright lie.


On November 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I don’t give two craps about noiseness you won’t hear the game system when your playing battlefield4 you will hear gun shots so this is totally irrelevant I think PS4 is better


On December 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

The PS4 is way louder than the Xbox One. Decibels are a logarithmic unit of measurement, so a 10dB difference between the Xbox One and PS4 literally makes the PS4 twice as loud. It’s no surprise considering it uses a considerably smaller fan and that the console casing is smaller, but those that are trying to say that there’s no real difference between the two in terms of noise are fooling themselves.