November 24, 2008
ers: Power down consoles when not in use to save cash
! National Resources Defense Council
and consulting firm Ecos
have found that gamers could save $100 a year if they turn off their consoles when they are not in use
That means you guys in the photo!
The pair also recommends that game console manufacturers look to include power management features
in their next generation of consoles.
The authors said the industry should adopt automatic power-down features and make it easier for consumers to locate these features. Idle machines consume nearly as much energy as when machines are turned on.
The XBox 360
, for example, has a power-down feature, but it's turned off by default and is hard to activate because its buried deep in the menus. (For instructions on how to find existing power-down features, click here
In terms of energy consumption, the XBox 360 is in the middle of the pack, consuming 119 watts in active mode, more than many desktop PCs
The Nintendo Wii
, meanwhile, consumes just 16 watts -- less than most laptops -- and the Sony PlayStation 3
burns through 150 watts in play mode. PlayStation 3 can update its software to add a power-management feature, but it's disabled by default, too.
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