Game console electricity usage

What is electricity consumption of average/common average game console?

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The ability to play games, access the internet, view movies, and stream media has made gaming consoles a staple in many homes. How much power does a gaming system use, though? To find out, use the console energy calculator below. According to our estimates, an average video game console uses 90 watts when it is actively being used for gaming and just 1-2 watts when it is plugged in but not in use. Most consoles utilize between 50 and 70 watts for other purposes like downloading and watching videos.

To discover the energy usage of a typical gaming console using 90 Watts for 3 hours per day at $0.10 per kWh, click calculate. To adjust the calculator for your console, look at the chart below.

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Hours Used Per Day: Indicate the average number of hours per day that the device is used. If the daily power usage is less than one hour, enter the number as a decimal (for instance, 30 minutes a day equals 0.5).

Power Use (Watts): Type in the watts that represent the device's typical power use.

Price (kWh): Enter the price per kilowatt hour you pay typically; our calculators use a default value of 0.10 (10 cents). Check your power bill for the precise cost.

Game consoles' use of electricity

Xbox Series X45-220*
Xbox Series S25-100
Nintendo Switch10-18
PS4 Pro75-160*
PS4 Slim55-110
Xbox One X65-180*
Xbox One S35-90
Xbox One70-120
Wii U35
PS3 Slim85
PS3 Original190
Xbox 360 S90
Xbox 360 Original180
Playstation Classic2.3-2.5
NES Classic Edition2.3-2.5
SNES Classic Edition2.3-2.5

*With newer, more demanding games, there is a chance that energy consumption will increase.

According to testing on the initial PS4 consoles, the PS4 used 10 watts while it was idle and up to 150 watts when it was gaming.

PS4 use of electricity

Mode Watts
PS4 Standby 10
PS4 Standby (Downloading) 70
PS4 Idle on Menu 90
PS4 Idle with Disc 95
PS4 Blue-Ray 95
PS4 Netflix 93
PS4 Game Install 115
PS4 Gaming 130-150
PS4 Charging Controller Plus 4 watts

When compared to consoles of the same generation, Nintendo consoles often have the lowest power consumption, although at the expense of graphical fidelity. When compared to more recent variants of the same system, older console designs typically consume more power. In rare situations, newer consoles like the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X, which seek 4k resolution with ray tracing, may consume over 200 watts of power for specific titles.

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