Microsoft is testing a way to turn off the Xbox startup sound


An Xbox Series X console is placed on a white surface with a black background behind it.
I can hear the sound in my head just by looking at the console. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / MovieBeat

I really love my Xbox Series X. It’s a nice, quiet console that puts hundreds of games at your fingertips thanks to Xbox Game Pass. But every time I turn on my Xbox I struggle to turn the volume down so the console startup sound doesn’t alert everyone within 50 miles that I want to play Fortnite.

Luckily, Microsoft is testing an Xbox software update that will let you turn off the console’s startup sound, so hopefully I won’t have to worry about the sound anytime soon. The new preview update will roll out to members of the Xbox Insider Program Alpha ring starting Wednesday. If you have the preview, you can disable startup sounds by going to Settings > General > Volume & audio output > Additional options.

Although I might sound like a hater, I really like the Series X startup sound. I think it’s cool, futuristic, and oddly soothing. But almost every time I turn on the console, sound blasts at high volume through my Sonos Beam, much to the surprise of anyone in the room with me. I don’t really need to hear it to know my console is ready to go – the power button light is enough for me.

I’m not an Xbox Insider, so I can’t test the new feature yet. But things often show up in these previews just before they go public, so hopefully I won’t have to wait very long to finally be able to fire up my Xbox without fear.

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