While it probably isn't the most glamorous thing to talk about, it's important that you clear cache on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. Like any computer, you'll need the boost every now and again to ensure your console is running at its optimum level.
A full cache can slow down your Xbox, so clearing it will help to free up RAM and speed up performance. Additionally, sometimes files that are stored in your cache can contribute to crashes or other glitches when trying to use your console. It's a bit like practising good oral hygiene; sure, you don't have to do it. But life will be so much better for everyone, if you do.
How To Clear Cache On Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
There are two ways to clear the cache on your Xbox Series X|S. Both of them are very straightforward, and doing this on a regular basis will keep your console running well.
Option 1 is what we like to call, "unplugging your console". To do this:
- Turn off your Xbox, and unplug the power cord from the back of the console.
- Keep it unplugged for at least two minutes.
- After this time has elapsed, you can plug it back in, and reboot it.
Option 2 is what we've decided to call, "The Persistence of Memory". It's not quite as abstract as a Dali painting though:
- Press the Xbox button on your controller
- Go to the right side of the menu to your profile
- Select Settings
- Then select Devices and Connections
- Next click Blu-Ray in your menu
- Now select the Persistent Storage option in the menu
- Finally click Clear Persistent Storage
This process should only take a few minutes. And once it's done, you will hopefully notice an improvement in performance, as well as reducing the risk of glitches and errors.
How do you know when the cache is full?
While it would be nice if there was a meter to indicate when it was the to clear the cache, you need to rely on feel. Generally speaking, you'll know it's probably time to clear the cache if you start to notice a slowdown in performance. So if things aren't quite as snappy as they were before, or seem to be taking longer, it's a good idea to clear up the cache.
It's also worth keeping an eye on the number of errors and crashes your console is suffering from. An increase in this can also be an indicator that your cache is in need of a bit of TLC. Of course, it isn't bad practice to do this every once-in-a-while anyway. And in doing so, you'll minimise the risk of reduced performance, errors, and corrupt data.