It's very sweet of you to ask. And the simple answer, straight up, is, if you're worried about power consumption, you should stick with the last generation PS2, or you should get a Wii.
The Playstation 3, with it's advanced Blu-Ray drive and high-end graphics processing capabilities, chows through more power than your desktop computer easily. The power supply is capable of pulling 380 watts out of your wall and, though that probably rarely happens, it is far more thirsty than the Wii or XBox.
The XBOX 360 will hit you pretty hard too during game play, pulling between 100 and 160 watts. In power-save mode, however, the XBOX 360 shines, only pulling 2 watts.
The Wii on the other hand, is extremely economically built with much more efficient technology. The device, during game play, uses almost ten times less than the 360, only 17 watts. On the other hand, when in standby mode, the Wii pulls 10 watts, five times what the 360 pulls.
The Wii uses less power than any gaming system since the first generation. It's very impressive that so much performance can be drawn from so little power. But their concentration on the WiiConnect24 service (which actually suggests to the user that they should keep their device on and in standby 24 hours a day) is very troublesome considering the 10 watt standby draw.
My suggestion then, is a Wii with a conscience. Keep it plugged into a powerstrip, and turn it off at the strip when it's not in use.
written by Dave, November 24, 2006
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