I have an Xbox One X and slowly but surely newer games started coming out that would consistently crash the console with an overheating prompt that would show after rebooting the system. This wouldn’t happen on most games but the games it happened with were always very predictable.
Gears 5 never caused any crashes until OP4 came out. Now my game would crash 100% of the time right after the title screen. I did some research, and obviously the main reasons for overheating are blocked airflow and ventilation. You’ll also see that another common problem is the thermal paste that Microsoft uses. I decided to order some replacement thermal paste for around $14 and give it a try since my issues really didn’t seem to be ventilation or dust related.
There’s some good videos on YouTube about how to tear down your console, clean up your old thermal paste, and apply new. You actually don’t need that many tools either, all I used was a T8 screwdriver, a small flathead screwdriver, some alcohol, q-tips, and the new thermal paste. I’m no expert electrician, but I found the process fairly easy to do with a decent YouTube guide.
This fixed all of my issues I had. Just wanted to share my story to those who may be in a similar situation where they don’t want to pay a significant repair bill or think of purchasing a new system when the next gen consoles are just around the corner.