Borderlands 3 patch to prevent Xbox One X overheating is coming soon

Borderlands 3 combat
Borderlands 3 combat (Image credit: Gearbox)

What you need to know

  • Borderlands 3 is a first-person shooter from Gearbox Software.
  • It's causing Xbox One X consoles to overheat due to poor optimization.
  • A patch is in the works according to publisher 2K Games.
  • You can purchase Borderlands 3 for $60 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Let's say that you're an Xbox One X owner and picked up Borderlands 3. Now, you put in the disc, play for a few hours, and notice that the console gives you a warning that the game is causing it to overheat. While it can be terrifying in the moment, the good news is that you aren't alone. Numerous Xbox One X owners are reporting that Borderlands 3 is causing their consoles to overheat and shut down to prevent damage.

From my understanding, the developer, Gearbox Software, didn't really comment on this problem. Luckily, WCCFtech managed to get a statement from the publisher, 2K Games. In a report, the outlet said the following.

2K has confirmed that a Borderlands 3 Xbox One X patch is currently in the works to address an issue that shuts down Microsoft's console. Since the game's launch earlier this month, numerous players on Xbox One X have reported that he game is caused their console to overheat. On various occasions, this has resulted in the Xbox One X shutting down in order to prevent damage to the console.

Hopefully, this will fix the problem. There also seems to be another controversy when it comes to the resolution. On the Microsoft Store, it says that the game runs at 4K. However, Digital Foundry's analysis said that the title runs at 1800p on both Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. We've reached out to 2K for comment and shall update you as soon as we receive a response. There's a lot going on with the console ports of Borderlands 3, I'll tell you that!

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • So it's just the disc version that's causing issues then? Digital is fine?
  • As much as I LOVE the franchise, I am waiting until these major bugs are fixed before I shell out $60+.
  • They should make the game load quicker. It takes a while on xb1x
  • Crappy game. How badly coded does it have to be to overheat a powerhouse like the X? I pity those who buy into such a mediocre product. I mean, it's also a samey sequel. If you told me it's pushing the boundaries visually or something, that's one thing. But it doesn't even look that good.
  • I Couldn't play this game for more than 20 mins before i was bored of it and wanted a refund. It looks terrible on Xbox one X and plays just as poorly with really shoddy aiming mechanics that haven't been fixed at all since the previous games. Heck the previous games are actually more fun on the X with a nice stable 60 fps and really don't look much worse because of it. What was the point of moving to a new engine if it is this poorly executed? There is more detail and better texture filtering on base Ps4 compared to Xbox one X too as the Devs were too lazy to give the X proper enhancements over base console aside from a quick resolution bump to 1800p and unlocking the framerate at 1080p. Just disgusting use of a console as powerful as the Xbox one X and Gearbox should be ashamed of themselves.
    They didn't even use any of the extra memory on the X to improve textures. This console also has severe pop in issues which i was not expecting , much worse than say Rage 2 which even at 1080p looks 10 times better than this title and runs better as well.