Bo-to-bing! That’s how the power up chime on my Xbox One sounds to me. Particularly pleasing? No, not really. Annoying? No, again, not really.
It seems, however, that some users have had enough with the audible greeting their console spouts out when booting up. Microsoft has issued an update to the Xbox One that, among other minor improvements, has made it so users can disable the chime all together.
There are actually three settings now. You can hear the chime when you fire up your Xbox One (that’s what we’ve always had), you can hear it only when you use the console’s power button or your voice to turn it on (not the controller) or you can disable it altogether.
Here are the instructions from Microsoft.
You can now modify when you hear the startup chime! You’ll find three new options in Settings > Power & startup > Power mode & startup.
On (startup chime plays anytime the console is powered on).
Only with power button or voice (startup chime plays when console is powered on via the power button or voice; does not play when powered on with the controller).
Off (startup chime never plays).
Special edition consoles, like the one sold for Forza, include unique chimes like a car starting up. I’ve not heard them, but perhaps those are the ones that pushed users to complain.
I’ll leave my chime as it is, mostly because my cat likes to rub up on my console and randomly start it. The chime is more like an alarm in those moments, and I need it. Stupid cat.