The Verge published a post describing ways to save electricity with Xbox and other gaming consoles in the UK.
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The journalists calculated that the growing electricity costs in Britain and Europe can lead to overspending of 5 pounds (almost 370 rubles) per month, if the consoles use the Instant On standby mode.
Microsoft offers two power modes on the Xbox. Instant On keeps them in standby mode, with a power consumption of 11 to 13 watts, depending on the model. Power Save mode only consumes about 0.5 watts, but the user will have to wait for the console to fully boot up to resume playing.
If you keep the Xbox Series X in Instant On standby mode for 24 hours each day, monthly power consumption is about £4.93 (about 350 rubles).
Even older Xbox One S consoles consume about 11 watts in Instant On mode, which will cost an additional £4.18 per month (about $295). Xbox Series S in this mode will consume up to £3.80 per month (about 270 rubles).
Journalists recall that Microsoft recently accelerated the console's boot time. On the Xbox Series X, it is now 5 seconds faster and takes about 15 seconds.
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The PlayStation 4 also has different types of standby modes. The default "off" mode consumes only 0.5 watts, but others can draw as much as 3.4 watts of power. The PS5's power-saving mode consumes 0.5 watts by default, but it can use up to 2 watts when the network is on in standby mode.
Nintendo Switch owners are in the most advantageous position. During active gaming, the console consumes only 7 watts in TV mode, which is much less than the Xbox Instant On standby mode. When switched off, the Nintendo Switch consumes no more than 0.5W.