Does turning off your console rather than leaving it on standby save energy?


Do small daily gestures have a real impact on energy consumption? This is one of the hot topics of the moment, as the energy crisis raises fears of the worst as winter approaches.

While gasoline shortages are hitting France, the issue of electricity consumption is worrying. To reduce it, the authorities recommend small daily gestures: lower the temperature and put on a sweater, unplug the chargers, put the internet boxes on standby, etc.

But do these small gestures reduce energy consumption enough to have a real impact (economic and ecological)? For the case of connected chargers, we have already studied the question. What about our game consoles, permanently plugged in and often on standby rather than off? We looked into the subject.

So, Does turning off your console rather than leaving it on standby really save energy?

How much do game consoles consume on standby?

First of all, it is therefore necessary to know how much the game consoles consume when they remain on standby. And in this little game, not all models are in the same boat. So we looked at the flagship models, the PS5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch OLED.

As for the Sony console, consumption on standby is minimal with a maximum of 3.2 W. Year-round (assuming a 22-hour standby, with 2 hours of play per day therefore), this corresponds to a consumption of 25.69 kWh or €4.80/year. The Nintendo Switch OLED is also virtuous with a consumption of 2.2 W or 17.66 kWh and 3 euros per year. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is the most greedy of the three (with the rapid launch option) with a consumption of 13 W or 104 kWh and 18 euros per year.

What energy savings by turning off a console?

By taking the official figures from the various manufacturers, we discover that by turning off our consoles, the energy consumption drops. Logic. But to what extent?

When turned off, the consoles still consume a tiny bit of power. Thus, the Xbox Series X and the Nintendo Switch OLED consume 0.5 W or 4 kWh per year. The PS5 is once again more economical with 0.36 W or 2.89 kWh per year.

Thus, by turning off a PS5 rather than leaving it on standby, we therefore consume 22.80 kWh less per year, i.e. a saving of 4 euros. For the Xbox Series X we go from 104 kWh / year to 4 kWh / year, a saving of 17.40 euros. Finally, for the Nintendo Switch OLED, we go from 17.66 kWh/year to 4 kWh/year, a saving of 2 euros.

Financially, turning off your console rather than putting it on standby does not therefore allow you to make real savings. In the same way, we cannot say either that the drop in consumption is significant enough to have a significant ecological impact, even compared to the number of homes in which we find a console.

On the other hand, some figures are significant. The PS5 consumes 10 times less when off than on standby. The Nintendo Switch OLED consumes four times less. The Xbox Series X consumes 26 times less when turned off rather than in standby. So, even if these are small gestures, why not press the little off button?

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