This month, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report detailing how much energy the new consoles use compared to prior systems.
The report is intriguing.
Since 2008, the NRDC has been researching the amount of energy video game systems use when running and when in power saving mode. The new report measures the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U.
Even though both the Xbox One and PS4 have implemented energy-saving measures such as automatic shutdown, the two systems use two to three times more energy than their predecessors.
This is quite astonishing considering the systems have a “power saving mode,” but does the mode truly save energy compared to when it’s playing video or in standby mode?
No. The report says, “The new consoles consume more energy each year playing video or in standby mode than playing games.”
Wouldn’t you think playing games would use more energy, after all, the system’s basic fundamentals revolve around gaming.
“Nearly half of the Xbox One’s annual energy is consumed in connected standby, when the console continuously draws more than 15 watts while waiting for the user to say “Xbox on,” even in the middle of the night or during the workday when no one is home. If left unchanged, this one feature will be responsible for $400 million in annual electricity bills and the equivalent annual electricity output of a large, 750-megawatt power plant,” says the NRDC.
Well I guess I’m not contributing to that figure; I don’t use “Instant On” mode.
It’s worth noting that the Wii U utilizes far less power than either system. Looking to go green in your home? Trade your Xbox One and/or PS4 in for a Wii U and rest assured you’re contributing to a more eco-friendly system!
The Xbox One consumes 233 KWh/y on average, the PS4 181 kWh/y, and the Wii U 37 kWh/y. The Xbox One’s annual energy consumption is therefore roughly 30 percent higher than the PS4’s, on average, and more than six times higher than the Wii U’s.
However, if you add in the Xbox One’s TV functionality, the usage is far greater than that.
The three systems use so much power that if everyone were to upgrade to one of the new systems, they will use roughly 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, or the equivalent to the output of four large power plants.