Some of you may be more the independent living types and have doubtlessly come up against scary bills for electricity consumption at some point or another. How often have you been heading out while making sure your PS4 is on rest mode first? So you can supposedly consume less energy and still download those juicy updates? This was a great option from Sony but as billpayers, are we honestly saving money on energy consumption? All too many times before, we have gone ‘nah it doesn’t suck up too much energy, its fiiiiine’. We all say that, but do we all really KNOW that?
Well, a study in modern videogame consoles has revealed that, on average, the PS4 costs around £43 a year to run. A little like owning a TV licence, you are unwittingly paying just a little extra for the privilege of videogames in your home. Now, that figure may not seem too bad in the grand scheme of things and, strictly speaking it isn’t. When its compared to the consumption rates of older games consoles, however, you may not feel the same way and apathy may well turn into caution. When you see the figures for yourself (see below) you may well be shocked as to how much more your beloved console gobbles up.
So – if you spent the equivalent of £1’s worth of electric on a Sega Mega Drive, you will have paid your energy provider for 49 hours of fun. For your PS4, it’s more like 25 hours! In tests, British Gas believes that the increased demand for functionality in games consoles puts them on an upward arc in terms of consumption as the industry moves forward. They believe the cost of being a gamer has quadrupled since the early 90’s! Frankly, with the cost of triple A titles on release these days, I’m not surprised.
“A little like owning a TV licence, you are unwittingly paying just a little extra for the privilege of playing videogames in your home”
Todays gaming consoles cost almost double than that of the retro machines of old. Our latest and greatest cost around 272 watts per hour. To really put things in perspective, the N64 would only swallow up 142.55 watts per hour! It’s also worth bearing in mind that, even on standby mode, while Sony would have you believe this conserves energy, if it’s downloading updates (which it usually is), it’ll remain in its top bracket of energy consumption!
Daniel Colford, a Smart Energy Expert at British Gas, has noticed that games consoles buck the trend of average household items becoming more energy efficient as time goes on. He says ‘Modern household appliances use less energy than they did twenty years ago but the consoles continues to rise’. He believes strongly that any bill paying gamer should be aware of the statistics mentioned in this article and should find them super useful.
After learning about all this myself, unless an exciting new Warframe update is on the go, I think I’ll be playing things safe and switch my PS4 off at the wall!