How Green is My Console?
For gamers concerned with the environment, or at least with keeping their electricity bills down, the question must be asked: which of the newest gaming consoles is the greenest? According to an experiment done by a San Jose Mercury News columnist, it’s the Wii, no question.
The Mercury News’ Dean Takahashi used a device called Kill A Watt, which measures exactly how much electricity is being used by a particular device. As well as measuring the wattage of every other electronic device in his home, Takahashi found that the Wii only used 17 watts, compared with the Playstation 3 at 171 watts and the Xbox 360 Elite at 194 watts. He attributed the large usage of the Xbox to the fans inside it and the power supply in its power cord.
Among other devices in his home, the writer discovered that his TV (a 42-inch Panasonic Veisa) used 200 watts, while his Gateway FX-530- which Takahashi uses primarily for gaming- uses 266 watts. His new iMac used 107 watts while running, and 84 while idle.