I have a new Xbox One, and I'm very worried about the temperature it's reaching.
After only 30 minutes of playing Forza 5 or Titanfall, the top ventilation grid is at 50ºC (122ºF). I'm measuring it by placing a tiny thermometer on the top grid, which means that the actual temperature may be a little higher. It even smells a bit like burnt plastic. Well, not exactly burnt, but... it reminds me of a hair drier, when the plastic gets hot.
The console is placed horizontally in a well ventilated spot: nothing on the top, nothing on the sides; there is a wall on the rear side, but it has a 6 cm (2.4 inches) margin.
Also, I've read that if the Xbox One overheats, it will automatically shutdown itself to prevent damage to the system. That has not happened to me. So, my guess is that the temperature, despite being high, is not too high. In fact, the only part of the console getting hot is the top ventilation grid, the rest of it is warm, even cold... which seems to be normal, too.
Anyway, I'm very worried. Is it normal? Is it too hot? Should I return it to the store?
PS: funny side note - I've contacted with the always wonderful Xbox online support team. They have told me to try plugging the console in a different wall socket. You know... in case the electric current in this one is too hot? :)