Electricity usage of a Game Console

Game consoles have become a standard entertainment device in many homes, allowing people to play games, go online and watch movies or videos. But how much energy does a game console use? Use the following console energy calculator to find out, we estimate that an average video game console will use around 90 watts when it is being actively used and approximately 1-2 watts when the console is off but plugged in (standby).

Click calculate to find the energy consumption of an average game console using 90 Watts for 3 hours a day @ $0.10 per kWh, check the chart below and modify the calculator for your console.

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Electricity Usage of Game Consoles

Xbox One70-120
Wii U35
PS3 Slim85
PS3 Original190
Xbox 360 S90
Xbox 360 Original180

Thanks to recent testing by arstechnica we now have exact benchmarks for Playstation 4 power consumption. PS4 energy use appears to be as low as 10 watts on standby and up to 150 watts while gaming.

PS4 Energy Usage

PS4 Standby10
PS4 Standby (Downloading)70
PS4 Idle on Menu90
PS4 Idle with Disc95
PS4 Blue-Ray95
PS4 Netflix93
PS4 Game Install115
PS4 Gaming130-150
PS4 Charging ControllerPlus 4 watts

By far the Nintendo Wii and Wii U are the most power efficient with the lowest power consumption. Older console designs tend to use more power compared to newer models of the same console.


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