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- Updated: December 30, 2013
The next-gen consoles are here, and both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are significantly stronger than their predecessors when it comes to gaming power. However, that power is not without a price. According to the NRDC (the National Resource Defense Council), the new consoles may use up to three times as much energy as their last-gen counterparts. To put a monetary value on exactly what that means, the NRDC estimates that an Xbox One may cost an individual up to $150 more than the Xbox 360 did, in energy costs, over a period of five years.
Between the two new consoles, the Xbox One uses more power than the PlayStation 4, due to its “very high connected standby power level.” In other words, while it’s waiting for someone to say “Xbox on,” it’s burning away energy; and the NRDC has estimated that this standby features may actually use more energy, annually, than a 50-inch television. This is a fact that is likely to shock many consumers.
The Council has criticized Sony as well as Microsoft, noting that the PlayStation 4’s standby mode can consume as much as eight-times the energy of a laptop computer in standby mode. However, the NRDC has been more direct in their criticism of Microsoft, stating that “there is no reason they should consume over 100 kWh per year, mostly in the middle of the night waiting to hear someone’s voice asking the console to wake up.”
It should be noted that the NRDC has not completely ignored the positive aspects of the new consoles, though. The fact that the consoles can charge peripherals from standby mode has been praised, and the council has admitted that “Sony and Microsoft have done a lot to make sure that the energy use of these devices was not even higher.”