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If you would like to know how much electricity does a game console use, first you need to know it’s power consumption.

The power consumption of a game console varies depending on how it is being used: gaming, streaming, stand-by… so the best way to learn the exact power consumption is to search for it.

On this page you will find out:

How much electricity does a game console use. Play Station 4.

Game console electricity cost calculator

Electricity measurement units: Watt, Kilowatt or Kilowatt hour

> How to lower the electricity bill

> What is energy conservation and how does it benefit you and the environment

Alternatively, you may want to fast forward to the game console electricity cost calculator.

How much electricity does a game console use

As shown below, we have searched for the power consumption of a PS4 and have got the details from the manufacturer’s website.

Electricity usage of a gaming console

According to the specifications, this game console uses 158,2 Watts (W) per hour.

158,2 W / 1000 = 0,1582 kWh

We are paying to our electricity provider 0,217 euro for every Kilowatt hour (kWh) that we consume, therefore for us the cost per hour is:

0,1582 kWh x 0,217 euro per kWh = 0,034 euro per hour of gaming

If your game console manufacturer does not disclose the power consumption details, your next best option is to use a plug-in power meter to measure the electricity usage.

Electricity cost calculator

Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of a game console over a period of time.

You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.


For example:

> If you have a game console that uses 158 Watts (W)

> You use your game console 4 hours a day and 320 days per year

> You are paying 0,217 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per every kWh you consume 

You will be paying around 44 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.

A few other examples from our Electricity usage calculators page that may be of your interest:

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Electricity measurement units

Not everybody it is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts or Kilowatt hours so if you would learn more about them, have a look to this YouTube video that we have prepared about this topic.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Or you can have a look to this electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:

> What is a Watt (W) and how to transform Watts into Kilowatts

> What is a Kilowatt (kW) and how to transform Kilowatts into Kilowatts hour

> What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) and how to transform Kilowatts hours to other units

> What are Power (P), Voltage (V) and Current (I)

Watt (W)
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour
Power, voltage, current
Power, Voltage, Current

How to lower the electricity bill

If you are concerned that your game console may be using too much electricity, here are some tips that you can apply to reduce the electricity usage:

1.- Enable the power saving settings

Most probably your game console it is setup to stay in standby mode waiting for your commands. 

While in standby, your game console will use electricity, even if it is not in use. This is, your game console will be using electricity while your are sleeping, away from home or just cooking or having a shower.

Some game consoles are optimized to use very little electricity while in standby while others are not. 

The best would be for you to find out the electricity usage of your game console while it is not in use. This can be done by looking for the specifications on the manufacturer’s website or using a plug in power meter.

Standby Power Consumption

2.- Turn off the controllers and the peripherals

The controllers and peripherals like the XBox Kinect do use electricity if they are not turned off. It may not be that much but every little counts.

If you want to know how much a little can add up to a lot, have a look to the next section on this page.

3.- Keep your console updated

The game consoles manufacturers are becoming more conscious and decreasing the amount of energy that their product do use while in use or in standby.

If your console is not updated, you may miss or have missed patches that include new energy saving features.

4.- If possible, do not use your game console for streaming

Streaming Netflix, Amazon, Disney… through your console will use more electricity that if you use devices like a smart TV or Apple TV. If possible, try to avoid streaming through your gaming console

As reference, see below a screenshot from the Play Station website describing the power usage while using features not directly related to gaming.

Play Station 5 Power Usage

Energy conservation

Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy

Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less on your energy bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.


For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) saved per year. 

9000 households x 0,01 kWh per day x 365 days per year 

32,850 kWh saved per year

That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:

> Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.

> To produce 32,850 kWh of electricity it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.

Have a look to this page for more information about the amount of resources needed to produce electricity.

In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

If you are looking for saving electricity ideas at home, have a look to this video where we provide some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage and decrease the electricity bill.

Two pie charts showing what home appliances and devices are using the most electricity at home.

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