The prices of many items of consumption increase with inflation, and electricity is no exception. While electricity prices have been multiplied by 2 or 3 at some suppliers, Xboxygen wanted to know how much it costs to play on Xbox, and what was the impact of changing the Xbox Series X|S startup settings. Here are the results of our analysis.
How much does an Xbox console consume?
You may not know it, but the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S offer two different boot modes.
- The mode Energy saving is the most classic. The console turns off completely and turns back on whenever you want to use it.
- The mode Standbypreviously called Instant startallows you to keep the console in sleep mode so that it installs games or downloads updates in the background, which can usually take a while when sleep mode is not activated.
The console does not consume the same amount of electricity depending on whether it is on standby, playing, watching a Blu Ray or streaming a movie. You will find below the official consumptions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S according to the different configurations and which we used for our calculations.
|Type of consumption||Xbox Series X (watts)||Xbox Series S (watts)|
|Consumption in Instant On mode||13||10|
|Consumption in standby mode||0.5||0.4|
|Cons in game||153||74|
|Blu-Ray||50||N / A|
For information, a PS5 consumes around 199 w in game mode (Sony data), or 30% more than an Xbox Series X.
Inevitably, keeping your Xbox on standby consumes more electricity than when it is in “power saving” mode and shuts down completely when not in use. We have calculated the additional cost that this represents over a year in the tables below and according to different consumption habits.
Note that our calculations are based on an average price per kilowatt hour in France of €0.174, which is the price per kWh of EDF’s regulated basic tariff blocked throughout 2022 thanks to the energy tariff shield put in place by the State. in France. If your energy supplier is not EDF, it is quite possible that this cost is higher. You can calculate your own cost with a rule of three.
Xbox Series X consumption
|Use cases||Instant start mode||Energy saving mode||Annual saving in eco mode|
|Console off H24||€19.82||€0.76||€19.05|
|2 hours of play each day||€37.60||20,13 €||€17.47|
|1 hour of play + 1 hour of streaming each day||€30.87||€13.40||€17.47|
|5 hours of play + 3 hours of streaming each week||27,02 €||€8.92||€18.10|
|10 hours of play + 10 hours of streaming each week||€36.21||€18.79||€17.42|
You notice that not using your console while it is in standby mode still consumes a lot of energy for nothing, and that this represents a bill of 20 € per year, without doing anything.
If you play 2 hours a day excluding weekends and watch 10 hours a week of streaming content with your Xbox, the electricity cost of your Xbox Series X increases to around €36 per year. Switching your console to Power Saver mode saves you around $17 per year. Of course, the economy will be stronger next year when electricity prices will increase by around 15% at EDF.
Xbox Series S consumption
|Use cases||Instant start mode||Energy saving mode||Annual saving|
|Console off H24||€15.24||€0.61||€14.63|
|2 hours of play each day||23,37 €||€9.96||€13.41|
|1 hour of play + 1 hour of streaming each day||€20.45||7,04 €||€13.41|
|5 hours of play + 3 hours of streaming each week||€18.58||€4.69||€13.90|
|10 hours of play + 10 hours of streaming each week||23.16||9.78||€13.38|
Since the Xbox Series S consumes less electricity than the Xbox Series X (both in game mode and in sleep mode), the cost of using the console is naturally lower, even more so when set to Economy mode. of energy.
How do I put my Xbox into “Power Saving” mode?
If you want to switch your Xbox console to Energy savingyou can do it with just a few clicks.
- Go to settings
- Go to General
- Choose “Sleep and start mode”
- Select “Energy saving” in the right column
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