Only a gaming freak can relate to the level of frustration that a slow-loading game causes. They say one can have a great gaming experience only when your gaming device runs smoothly without any interruption, otherwise slow loading is a complete mood spoiler.
And one of the Gaming consoles that has added to our gaming experience is the Xbox 360 console.
The Xbox 360 console is one of the best gaming consoles with mind-blowing features. It not just functions as a gaming console but also allows you to play online content with your friends, install streaming apps, watch and download high-definition movies, music, pictures, and many more. Overall we can call Xbox 360 a complete package media center.
However, when you continue using the Xbox 360 console and do not clear cache for a long time, your system will start lagging, resulting in bad performance.
What is the Xbox 360 cache?
Some of you must be wondering what Xbox 360 cache is and what it has to do with the console lagging. So, Let me explain what Xbox cache is.
Xbox cache is a memory component that stores temporary files and data on the console. This helps in better performance while gaming.
As you must know, regular software updates enhance the performance of games. You must have as well performed regular updates while playing games; right?
Those updates are Stored in the cache without even your knowledge, and when you need that data, it can be served in an instant through the cache.
So, these updates are temporary files. And cache stores such files. However, these Xbox 360 cache files get piled up, which causes loading errors, freezing, or connection issues.
Hence it is important to clear the Xbox 360 console’s cache and data regularly.
Also, when you clear the Xbox 360 cache, the temporary files like previously downloaded game updates, system update installation packages, gamer pictures, etc. get removed, but the cache does not remove any downloaded content, game files, console software updates, or your gamer tag.
Ways to clear Xbox 360 cache
Keep in mind that when you clear the cache, it will delete the updated game, which was done previously. So the next time you want them, you’ll have to download them again.
However, when you clear the cache on regular basis, the storage device will have enough room to perform smoothly. And once you resolve the problem, you can play any game without interruption.
Here’s how you can clear the Xbox 360 system cache or game data through the clear system cache or factory reset options.
Use the Clear System Cache option
Press the Guide or the X button present on the Xbox 360 controller and go to Settings.
Here, you should select the System settings tab.
Highlight any of the storage devices without needing to choose anyone in particular. Because whichever storage device it is, this method clears the cache for all.
Now press the Y button on Xbox 360 controller for device options.
Then you’ll get into the device options screen. Here, you’ll have to select clear system cache option.
Once you select clear system cache option, you’ll be asked to confirm storage device maintenance by selecting yes.
After you clear the system and confirm storage device maintenance, you’ll get to the storage devices screen.
Finally, press the Guide or X button on the controller and get back to Xbox home on the storage devices screen.
When done, make sure to restart your Xbox 360 console.
Factory reset your Xbox 360 to clear the system cache
Even after taking such troubleshooting steps, if the system cache isn’t cleared, you can factory reset your Xbox 360. With this action, you can clear all your system cache, but it will also permanently remove all other files like apps, games, movies, etc. stored in your console.
Therefore you can always try other possible ways before attempting a factory reset. However, it is an effective way to clear your system cache at once. Let us discuss how you can do it
You must first access Settings on your Xbox 360. Press on Settings on the Xbox 360 dashboard screen and select the System settings tab.
Choose Storage, and depending on your console, highlight and select storage device instead of highlighting the system cache.
Press the Y button on the Xbox 360 joystick to choose device options. In the device options, select Format.
Here, you’ll be warned that all of the data on your device will be gone permanently. Tap “yes” to confirm.
Now the console takes some time to reboot and format your hard drive so leave it for a while, and then you’re done.
No matter how cool a game is, if you do not have a clear cache, the storage will run out for sure. You and your friends will not be able to enjoy any games, as when the storage becomes full, the Xbox starts lagging. It will take you forever to load a game.
Hence removing temporary game files, game updates, etc. by clearing the cache is a must. Because once you have a clear cache, you’ll have a smooth gaming experience. Also, such a step will not prevent you from playing, delete any saved data you have made recently.
I hope you find the article helpful and that the mentioned solution helps you resolve the Xbox issue.