Available since the end of 2020, the new next-gen consoles will undoubtedly not be the products of the year 2021 in terms of ecology. Two months after the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the Natural Resources Defense Council (the NDRC, or the Council for the Defense of Natural Resources in the United States), conducted a survey to calculate the electricity consumption of three new machines from Sony and Microsoft. And the result is not really pretty.
PS5 / Xbox Series X – Ecological disaster
In its report that you can find right here, the Natural Resources Defense Council announces that the PS5 and the new Xboxes are more greedy than the PS4 and Xbox One, but also more greedy than the televisions which allow them to be broadcast. New consoles can therefore consume up to 200 watts when using the latest optimized games!
When playing the latest games available, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consume between 160 and over 200 watts of electricity – more than the previous generation and more power than the 60-inch TVs they were on. connected!
A very greedy consumption which will even increase over the years because of a new feature greatly highlighted on these new consoles: Streaming. With the integration of Twitch and YouTube Gaming and the ability to stream by directly pressing a button on the controller, more and more players are likely to do so and consumption could explode.
These consoles make streaming videos extremely easy thanks to the pre-installed apps, which can increase their power consumption by 10 or 25 times compared to a device dedicated to streaming.
On numerous occasions, we have urgently asked Sony and Microsoft to add a low-power chip to handle video playback on their consoles, an even more important request in the age of binge watching.
The red card goes to Microsoft with the Xbox Series X boot boost mode. This faster boot saves only five to ten seconds to turn on your console, but it has rather violent repercussions.
Based on our projections, this seemingly unimportant feature could consume 500 megawatts by 2025, or the equivalent of a year of production from a large coal-fired power plant, and cost US gamers 1 billion more electricity. .
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