Will The Xbox 360 Make the World Go Bankrupt?
The guys at DX gaming published an interesting article taking a look at the power consumption of some of the most popular gaming consoles that are on the market right now. They measured how much power each system gobbled while being used, and also how much when they were turned off.
At 14 hours of usage per week, an xbox 360 will consume approximately $20USD of electricity per year ($0.15 per kWh used for calculations), almost 4 times as much as a PS2. A lot of people don't really care about this; $20 is nothing when you get to play some of the best games that the gaming world has to offer, but if you consider that by the end of 2007, Xbox 360 sales are projected to reach 11 millions units, it puts an all new perspective on the subject. 11 million consoles eating away $220 million dollars of power is a pretty big issue considering that a lot of countries, and even a few U.S. states, have to import electricity since they cannot meet their own demand. Let me ask you something dear readers: what usually comes with an increase of demand? Does anyone beside me think that there is a problem with the state of the North American lifestyle? Ok, enough with my rants, you guys can go on and read the article right here.