Working at Stuff by day, I tend to play my fair share of games, be it Singstar Rocks! on the Playstation 2 or the likes of Rockstar Table Tennis on the Xbox 360. I was most interested, then, to read DX Gaming's new report on how much energy the different consoles guzzle and how the PS2 and 360 are the worst offenders. If you're a gamer, it makes for required reading.
The long and short is that the PS2 and Xbox 360 both suck the most eleccie while on standby, but the Xbox 360 uses a huge amount of power when a game's being played. How much? According to DX's figures, 165W during a game of bash-em-up racer Burnout Revenge. That's compared to an incredibly thrifty 6W that the Playstation One uses (makes me feel better about the amount of PSOne Fifa I played at uni).
So much energy guzzling is, of course, not only bad for the planet but your wallet too. In the US, it'd cost roughly $20 ($0.15/Kwh) to run the Xbox 360 for a year if you had it on for two hours every day. Over here, our average 7.52p/Kwh means you end up paying at least £8.74 annually. If you're in to your games, there's not a huge amount you can do aside from turn the things off at the plug when you're not using them. In the Xbox 360's favour, at least it picks up the time from the internet, so you don't have to reset the clock every time you boot it up again.
Turn off standby, save cash