According to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the PS4 and Xbox One are much more energy-inefficient than their predecessors; the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The NRDC are projecting that if all previous-gen consoles are replaced with the next generation of consoles, combined they will consume 10 billion killowatt-hours of electricity a year. That’s the equivalent to the output of four large power plants.

The increase in power consumption comes from features that rely on PS4’s standby mode and Xbox One’s instant-on mode, such as using Kinect voice commands to turn the Xbox One on. You can check out the graph from the report below:


I for one think I will stop leaving my consoles in standby. That’s a lot of power for a little bit of convenience. Do you leave your consoles in standby? Will you stop after this report, or does the power consumption not bother you. Let us know in the comments below and follow OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in single-player gaming.

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  1. I am, admittedly, cheap. I’ve been unplugging consoles since my original PS2 died & was replaced with the tiny version that doesn’t turn completely off. My friends have disparaged me for years over this – now I’m finally vindicated!!!!

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