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.
Hours Used Per Day: Enter how many hours the device is being used on average per day, if the power consumption is lower than 1 hour per day enter as a decimal. (For example: 30 minutes per day is 0.5)
Power Use (Watts): Enter the average power consumption of the device in watts.
Price (kWh): Enter the cost you are paying on average per kilowatt hour, our caculators use the default value of 0.10 or 10 cents. To find an exact price check your electricity bill or take a look at Global Electricity Prices.
Electricity Usage of Game Consoles
|Xbox 360 S||90|
|Xbox 360 Original||180|
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 Standby (Downloading)||70|
|PS4 Idle on Menu||90|
|PS4 Idle with Disc||95|
|PS4 Game Install||115|
|PS4 Charging Controller||Plus 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.