Consoles consume a lot of energy!
At the end of last year, we launched the next generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles, with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. For gamers, both consoles are a plate full of features and tools, in addition to present spectacular graphics. However, the environmental and economic impact of both devices is starting to gain the attention of entities and organizations around the world.
Recently, the environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council published an article detailing the impact of the launch of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in the North American market. In the article, they explain that the two consoles consume even more energy than a 60-inch TV for example. They always cite as an alternative the compact Xbox model, the S Series, which consumes considerably less electricity:
“When running the latest games, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 draw between 160 and 200 watts of electricity, which is significantly higher than consoles from previous generations. That’s more energy than a giant 60-inch TV! The good news is that these consoles consume a lot less power when running games designed for older consoles (backward compatibility). The Xbox Series S also consumes less power than other consoles. “
And those who think that this increase in power consumption is limited to games are wrong. The NRDC has also stipulated that when using streaming services on these consoles, an average of 30 to 70 watts is consumed. This value is much higher (around 10 to 25 times more) than the consumption made through other North American services, such as Roku and Amazon Fire Stick.
Despite this, the NRDC explains that there are ways to limit consumption even when the device is turned on, using energy-efficient tools to reduce electricity consumption during the consoles’ idle time. And you, are you ready to feel the impact on the electricity bill?
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are available today, with plenty of features that should make fans happy – like backward compatibility and much faster loading. Nevertheless, it is worth noting the criticisms and comments made by the organization, which should be taken into account by Sony and Microsoft when optimizing and improving the consoles.
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