How Much Power Does Your Gaming Console Use?

How Much Power Does Your Gaming Console Use?

Sonia Zjawinski
Feb 10, 2010

Did you know that not all game consoles use the same amount of power? Peter Troast of Energy Circle soon discovered this very fact when he brought a Nintendo Wii and an Xbox 360 to his PS3 household. Guess which one is the power hog?

Peter wanted to know how much energy each was sucking in so he used the Kill a Watt to test them, "first, for how much electricity they'd draw in use; secondly, for when the devices were on but idle; and finally, for how much vampire power they draw when they're turned 'off,' which actually means they're in standby power mode."

What Peter discovered was that the Wii used exponentially less power (20 watts) than both the Xbox 360 (189 watts) and PS3 (193.6 watts) when in use, but all used about the same amount of vampire power (around 2 watts). It all makes sense when you think about how much larger both the Xbox and PS3's graphics processors are in comparison to the Wii. Still reminds us all to unplug all our gadgets when not in use!

Peter plugged all his media components into a BITS Smart Strip Power Strip. "We set the TV as the control device, and switched all the other video dependent components to go off automatically when it's turned off (with the exception of the DVR)."

Sounds like a game winning idea.

(Image: top, Andrew-LGP via Creative Commons license)

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