Energize Your Video Game Console for Efficiency

Posted by: Javier | 12/11/2017 at 08:53 AM

Energize Your Video Game Console for Efficiency

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the season of giving, getting and for some - gaming! Video games are a source of excitement, escapism and even education, making video game consoles one of the most popular holiday gifts. The industry has had impressive growth in the past three decades, posting approximately $91 billion in revenue for 2016.

Many homes even have multiple systems, whether they are iterations of one brand or cross-platform boxes. Gaming systems, much like other forms of technology, have grown exponentially over the last decade; including realistic graphics in open worlds and allowing hours of gameplay.

Video Game Consoles: The Next Generation
The Playstation 4 Pro (PS4) has a number of console exclusive games, and serves as a Blu-ray player and entertainment hub for streaming applications like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Similarly, the PS4 Pro, and the newest system to hit the market, the XBox One X, both include eye-popping 4K technology, leading many consumers to add a 4K television to their system.

All of this technology can be a drain on your home’s electricity, especially with the constant updates needed. So, in the spirit of giving, here are some top tips for optimizing your video game console’s energy efficiency:

  • Game-On for Gaming Only: As mentioned before, video game consoles are truly overall entertainment systems, with different applications available in addition to gameplay. Although it’s tempting to use it as an all-in-one, it can really increase power consumption. Streaming can be much more energy efficient. The gaming consoles can use 30 to 45 times more power to stream a movie than a video player, such as an Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
  • Connections Matter : It’s easy to forget that there’s a best order of efficiency when connecting electronic devices. Connection instructions for the gaming console may suggest plugging your cable box in through the system, but this requires your system to remain on, even when you’re not playing. If you have cable, be sure to connect the set-top box to your TV’s main HDMI port and use a different port for your game system. This will use less power and cause your video game system to operate with more energy efficiency.

  • Set up the Power-Saving Settings: Like most electronic devices, most next-generation consoles have options to automatically adjust the power settings under the ‘Settings’ menu when not in use.
  • These are just a few simple steps. However, they allow gamers to still enjoy their consoles while saving energy. Remember these tips this holiday season and happy gaming!


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