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Game console power consumption and electricity cost

Game consoles are devices that are commonly found on many households and are used not only for gaming but for many other activities like streaming or DVD or Blue Ray playback.

Because the game consoles are so frequently in use, it is good to know the electricity usage and electricity cost of using a game console.

How much power does a game console use

The power console of a game console will depend on the model and how it is used.

For example, older game consoles like a Play Station 3 or a Xbox 360 do use between 170 and 190 Watts of power.

And newer game consoles like the Play Station 4 or Xbox One use around 150 Watts of power.

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

game console power consumption

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

158,2 W / 1000 = 0,1582 kWh

But have into acount that nowadays the game consoles are also used for streaming media or playing DVDs so the power consumption may greatly differ depending on how the game console it is being used.

If you want to find out the power consumption of your specific game console, the best will be to search for it on the manufacturers website.

Game console 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.

How much does electricity cost

If you don’t know how much you are paying per kWh, you should be able to find the cost per kWh on your electricity contract or in one of the electricity bills.

how much does electricity cost

Alternatively, if don’t have access to your contract or your electricity bills, this website does show the electricity cost per country.

Home appliances and devices electricity calculators

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

Game console electricity usage monitor

If you want to know the exact electricity usage of an air conditioner, your best option is to use a plug in power meter to measure the exact power consumption and electricity cost. 

Clicking on the image below it will redirect you to the Amazon page where you can have a look to the specifications of the power meter we use for our measurements.

plug in power meter

All of our house appliances and devices like the washing machine, the dishwasher, the TV or the printer are plugged to a wall socket. 

So, with a power consumption meter we can determine how much electricity our appliances or devices are using and, more importantly, we can measure the electricity usage over a period of time.

If you want to find out how you can use a plug in power meter to measure your electricity usage and electricity cost, have a look to this YouTube video.

Plug in power meter

How to lower the electricity bill of a game console

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

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

Game console electricity usage FAQ

How many watts does a Play Station use

Play Station has a web page describing the electricity usage in Watts of all the Play Station consoles.

How many watts does a PS4 use

On the link added on the question above, it is described the electricity usage in Watts of a PS4.

How much watts does a Xbox One use

Core XBox has a web page describing the electricity usage in Watts of a Xbox One console.

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)

Electricity measurement units calculators

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)
Watt (W) wattage calculator
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt (kW) calculator
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour (kWh) calculator
Power, voltage, current
Power, voltage, current calculator

Game consoles and 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.

Energy conservation calculator

If we could reduce the electricity usage of our game consoles, even a very small amount, it would make a big impact on preserving our natural resources.

 

For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) on gaming electricity usage, 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.

Proven ways to save electricity at home

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

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