Thursday, January 27, 2011

Watt about video game consoles?

Video games can increase more than your hand-eye coordination, they also impact your energy bill. So how do video game consoles compare when it comes to energy consumption? The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) decided to put three popular gaming consoles to the test—Nintendo Wii™, Sony PlayStation,® and Microsoft® Xbox 360—to find out if they could be as much a drain on your pocket as they are on your time.

EPRI tested each system for one hour of active play using EA Sports’ Madden 2011 football game, which is widely played on all three game consoles. EPRI found that the Nintendo Wii system used an average of 13.7 watts, the Sony PlayStation 3 used an average of 84.8 watts, and the Microsoft Xbox 360 used an average of 87.9 watts.  

Other findings include:
 -Gaming consoles are getting greener. The EPRI tests also found that all three systems consume less power than their earlier versions.
-The Nintendo Wii™ system uses six time less power than a Sony PlayStation®3 or Microsoft Xbox 360® in active mode.

-According to Nielsen Company findings in 2006, the heaviest console users average 5 hours and 45 minutes of use per day and account for approximately 75 percent of all console use.

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