Energy Efficiency 

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Energy Use

Since the GCVA was recognised in 2015 there have been six tiers of power caps introduced to improve the energy efficiency of consoles in the EU. These power caps, together with power management requirements (such as automatic power down time limits) have helped drive substantial energy efficiency improvements in games consoles.

Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) values are shown below for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony consoles. TEC values provide an estimate of the energy used by each console on average during one year of use. TEC is calculated by multiplying the measured power consumption of consoles in commonly used modes (e.g. gaming, media, navigation, and standby) by the estimated typical time spent in each mode.

 

ManufacturerConsole ModelEstimated annual TECComment
MicrosoftXbox Series S132 kWhBased on the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory (LBNL) model using
the « Intensive » profile with the default
« Energy Saving » standby mode used
1/3 of the time and gaming at HD
resolution.
MicrosoftXbox Series X225 kWh
NintendoNintendo Switch
[HAC-001(-01)]
6 kWhWhen used for gaming an average two hours per day.
Only Wi-Fi is connected.
NintendoNintendo Switch – OLED
Model [HEG-001]
6 kWhWhen used for gaming an average two hours per day.
Only Wi-Fi is connected.
21 kWhWhen used for gaming an average two hours per day.
When the wired LAN connection is maintained during Sleep Mode.
SonyPS4 CUH-10xx151 – 160 kWhBased on gaming
at HD resolution
SonyPS4 CUH-11xx136 – 144 kWh
SonyPS4 CUH-20xx104 – 110 kWh
SonyPS4 CUH-12xx89 – 95 kWh
SonyPS4 CUH-21xx82 – 88 kWh
SonyPS4 CUH-22xx81 – 85 kWh
SonyPS4 Pro CUH-70xx133 – 138 kWhBased on gaming
at UHD resolution
SonyPS4 Pro CUH-71xx131 – 136 kWh
SonyPS4 Pro CUH-72xx131 – 134 kWh
SonyPS5 CFI-1016A134 – 135 kWhBased on mix of gaming using 25% PS4 games (at UHD resolution) and 75% PS5 games (at UHD resolution)
SonyPS5 CFI-1016B133 – 134 kWh

Data sources:
Microsoft
Nintendo
Sony

Power Consumption 
and Settings

For information on the power consumption and settings of each console, please see each manufacturer’s website:

About power settings on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S | Xbox Support

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Information about energy efficiency and eco-design of Nintendo Switch family consoles

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Energy efficiency and active power consumption information for PlayStation Consoles

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How can I minimise console energy use?

Enable automatic power down

If you want to set up your console to minimise energy use, ensure you have automatic power down enabled. This will ensure that the console shuts down after a period of inactivity.

For instructions on how to set up power management settings on your console, see:

Microsoft: see “Shut-down mode” on About power options on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Nintendo: see “Power management functions of Nintendo Switch family consoles
Sony: see “How can I minimise my console energy use?” on PlayStation and the Environment (Our Products)

Choose the correct power settings for you

Consoles have various power settings that can help you save energy depending on our preferences. For more information on these settings and how to select the optimum settings to help you save energy see:

Microsoft: see  About power options on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Nintendo: see “Power management functions of Nintendo Switch family consoles
Sony: see “How can I minimise my console energy use?” on PlayStation and the Environment (Our Products)