The Xbox Series X is not good for your electricity bill. (Image source: GIGA)
Electricity is getting more and more expensive. Gamers should therefore also try to save energy when they have the opportunity, despite having fun with the console. However, there are big differences between Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
Xbox Series X consumes a lot of power
With the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, Microsoft and Sony have created two powerful consoles that can handle even the most beautiful and largest games. With more computing power however, the energy consumption also increases. Alex Hern, tech editor at the British newspaper The Guardian, now shares on Twitter that the current Xbox eats a lot of electricity even in sleep mode.
The Xbox Series X would consume ten times more power in sleep mode than the PS5. Microsoft has even reduced consumption. At launch, the difference was even more drastic. However, there is a workaround. You can turn on a power saving mode for sleep mode. This is now automatically activated for all consoles sold since May 2022. If you bought your console before then, it’s worth doing now. Your electricity bill will thank you (source: Alex Hern on Twitter).
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According to Hern, the Xbox Series S is much more energy efficient. But the slimmed-down version of the console also has a little less power. The comparison to the Nintendo Switch would be even more extreme. Even if you’re playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a Switch in docked mode, it still wouldn’t use as much power as an Xbox Series X in sleep mode with battery saver disabled.
Especially with the current energy prices, it can be worthwhile savings around every corner. Especially with consoles and gaming PCs, there are a few tricks that can be used to reduce the hunger for electricity.