Friday, February 23, 2007

Power Consumption of Game Consoles

In case you were wondering which next generation game console is the most energy efficient, as the graph shows, the Wii wins hands down. It uses less than 1/10 of the energy of an XBox 360 or a Playstation 3. The Wii is one efficient little box, using less than 20 Watts (that would be less than 1/5 of the energy of a 100 Watt light bulb for those of you that have a hard time doing fractions in your head).

On the other hand, for some reason the Wii is one inefficient little box when it is turned off (see graph below). If you have the Connect 24 enabled, it uses almost 10 Watts when it is "turned off". Ironically, this means if you play for just one hour a day, a Wii actually uses more electricity (23 hrs * 10 Watts + 1 * 19 = 249 Wh) than a Xbox (23 * 2.5 + 1 * 186 = 243.5 Wh).

Moral of the story, buy the Wii and turn the Connect 24 off when not needed.

via via Engadget

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