Microsoft will soon let you mute the Xbox startup sound

By Sean Carey,

Microsoft is testing out a new option that allows you to mute the (some say obnoxious) Xbox Series X|S startup sound.

If you've ever turned on your Xbox console and forgotten to turn down the volume on your TV, the Xbox startup sound can come as quite the surprise when it booms out of your speakers. Thankfully, Microsoft is testing a new option that allows you to silence this startup sound.

How to turn off the Xbox startup sound

Currently, this much-requested feature is only available to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha ring, though it will likely roll out to all users soon. "We have added a new option which allows you to mute startup sounds," Microsoft says. "To use it, navigate to Settings > General > Volume & audio output > Additional options."

While it is only a small change that most likely won't be used by many users, it's definitely nice to have the option.

As for the startup chime which sounds as soon as you press the power button on a console or a controller, this can already be turned off by going to Settings > General >Sleep mode and startup> Start-up chime.

Microsoft recently rolled out the Xbox September update, which overhauled the game library and added RGB to Elite Series 2 Controllers. It also made a huge improvement to Xbox DRM, and the company also started trialling a new Xbox dashboard, which has proven unpopular. This led Microsoft's Major Nelson to break the hearts of many by saying that the ]Xbox 360 blades would not be coming back.

Will you be silencing the Xbox startup sound? I absolutely will. Just this morning, I turned on my Xbox and was mildly annoyed when the startup sound came bellowing out of my TV — I'd forgotten to turn down the volume of my TV after catching up on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which is pretty entertaining so far. Let us know in the comments if this new option interests you!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.