What home with or without children does not have at least one video game system? They are usually plugged in and ready to play at a moment’s notice and remember, video games are not just for kids anymore. The games have long since graduated to have adult appeal. And for those who are really into it, the newest wrinkle to video gaming is virtual reality, which allows you to immerse yourself in the middle of the action.
But, have you ever wondered how much electricity these video game systems are using? Let’s take a closer look at the answer to this question. First, it should be noted that many game consoles have what is known as a ‘standby mode’. Standby mode lowers the amount of electricity the console is consuming when not in active use. The problem is that most game consoles are now streaming everything. They have become the entertain hubs and as a result they are using much more electricity than before.
Whenever a device is plugged in and left on, even in standby mode, it is still consuming electricity. You may have seen commercials urging consumers to unplug your phone’s power cord when you are not charging it because it wastes electricity. Well, the truth is most game consoles left in ‘standby mode’ also waste electricity. Experts suggest that the average household wastes nearly $200 dollars a year on wasted energy consumption. I am sure you could think of other ways to use that money!
Researchers have calculated the average energy use for various game consoles. They have found that the newest Xbox and PS4 consoles use 3x the amount of energy than even the generation before! The Xbox consumes an average of 72 watts an hour and the PS4 89 watts an hour. The government’s Energy Star standard is 50 watts per hour, so it is easy to see they exceed that number. Too, this does not take into account the amount of energy used when they stream live Netflix or Amazon Prime games.