Due to the increase in the cost of electricity in many countries this year, more and more attention is paid to the energy consumption of machinery. This is also true for the gaming segment, and companies are taking various steps to allow players to use electricity more efficiently with their game consoles. So, with the November Xbox update, Microsoft has made it clearer how much consoles spend in different modes of operation.
Portal Eurogamer, together with the division of Digital Foundry conducted a test to determine how much game consoles consume electricity in different modes. In all operating modes Xbox Series X | S proved to be more energy efficient than the Playstation 5, below you can see the comparison.
1 hour usePlaystation 5 (1000 model)Xbox Series XXbox Series SConsole off0.1 W0.2 W0.2 WWaiting mode3.3 W7.4 W7.6 WStandby mode + background loading44.3 W28.7 W21.7 WMain menu57.4 W (or 47 W after 10 minutes) 41.8 W (or 45 W after 10 minutes) 28.3 WWork Netflix80.0 W44.8 W44.5 WOverwatch 2190-220 W150-170 W65-77 WCyberpunk 2077 (quality mode)215-230 W170-190 W80-84 W
A more visual comparison was made by the user Xbox News из Twitter on the infographic (with prices) – below you can see it:
Separately, it is worth mentioning the standby mode, which Microsoft is not currently setting as the default mode for the Xbox Series X | S. It is proposed to use the power saving mode as the default mode – with it, the consoles in the off state consume 0.2 W per hour, while 1 time per day it is activated to check for game updates and download them, if any. Microsoft explained to Eurogamer when exactly the console checks for updates: “In power saving mode, the console wakes up once a day during normal idle hours (from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. local time of the console) to check for system, game and application updates.”