If you've purchased a computer in the last fifteen years, you've probably seen the Energy Star logo at one point or another. They're an international standard for energy-efficient consumer products, including televisions, appliances, even light bulbs. Now, for the first time, they're turning their conservationist eye on game consoles.
Console manufacturers who want to slap the Energy Star logo on their products are going to have to keep a few things in mind during the design process. Power consumption needs to be at a pretty low level when the system is off or on standby. Also, consoles will be required to power down automatically after an hour of inactivity. If the system has DVD or Blu-Ray playback capability, there is an additional series of standards (applying to set-top boxes) which will have to be met.