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Submitted by charles2029 914d ago | news

Game consoles waste over $1B worth of electricity a year

Analysts at Carnegie Mellon University report that game consoles are wasting power at record levels: 10.8 terawatt-hours, by their estimate, costing U.S. homeowners some $1.24 billion a year. (Culture, Industry, Microsoft, Sony)

BrianG  +   914d ago
Had no idea recreation/hobbies/entertainme nt was a waste.

Guess we better stop using TV's to, since there are more TV's than consoles. Gotta be a big waste. /s
LightofDarkness  +   914d ago
That's not what's being discussed. They're talking about the usage of power when the console is left in standby mode. Apparently it constitutes around 67.5% of the total power drawn by consoles per year. This is what is considered "wasted" electricity.
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Titanz  +   914d ago
Handheld gaming seems a lot more intriguing now
I gotta prepare my eyes for the 3DS (though I could always switch off the 3D)!
Mikhail  +   914d ago
Next gen consoles should includes Solar Panels! or some hamsters running in a wheel.
Grap  +   914d ago
hamsters in wheel was include in next gen i will buy that console. i hate WWF. kill all animals and eat them
vulcanproject  +   914d ago
Next gen consoles should be powered by the sense of fanboy's self satisfaction and smugness. Plenty of energy wasted there
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Titanz  +   914d ago
And that would totally work for Sony
With poppin' collars being their forte, and all. :P
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suicidalblues  +   914d ago
@ Titans

Funny that yours is the only fanboy comment so far.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   914d ago
Can't say the solar panels would help me. When I'm gaming my room becomes a sun free zone.
MoonConquistador  +   914d ago
Why don't they analyse how much money is wasted on stupid analysis.

Wheres the analysis on how much money is wasted by these people feeding them, powering computers and provision of lighting and heating for carrying out such inane studies.

Make sure your own s*** doesn't stink before going and complaining about others.

I like the hamster idea though, its that kinda thinking outside the box that will have you designing kinect games soon :p jk
Il_Exile_lI  +   914d ago
Only on N4G...

A sensationalist title that misrepresents the article, and people in the comments jumping to conclusions based on the title without actually reading it.
ThatEnglishDude  +   914d ago
Silly Mellons.
MoonConquistador  +   914d ago
Fair point exile, i'm probably the most guilty in this thread for that. Maybe we shouldn't approve such sensationist headlines which actually make you NOT want to click on the story.

Isn't that the complete opposite of what a headline is supposed to do
C4BL3  +   914d ago
But until the government mandates console shutdown periods...and there is the hook. How did I know an article on NBC would include government take over of something. Guess what if I want to pay $4,000 a month for my electric bill I will. Free country...for now.
mcstorm  +   914d ago
I love it when things like this come out. We waste a lot of electricity a year in general anyway. Oven/microwaves kettles, fridges freezers and a lot more. But o well we all pay for our electricity so who really cares? This is now a part of our life. I live in a apartment block and on the 10th floor but every day 100s of people use the lift to get from there homes to the ground floor is this not wasted electricity or the lights that are on in the hallways 24/7?
tiffac008  +   914d ago
The best way to not waste energy is to unplug your console and not leave it in idle when your not using it.
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MoonConquistador  +   914d ago
Very selfish way to look on it C4BL3. The power demands affect the planet we ALL live on.

These are worldwide policies that need to be introduced. The view in the UK is starting to get like, whats the point in us cutting down when you look at the power demands of the big economies like the US, China, India who are less inclined to get behine major green policies.
C4BL3  +   914d ago
SO one worldwide policies to make things fair? There is a reason China, who build ghost cities, have given up on "green" energy. It doesn't work. The world is going to end in a huge, brilliant, fire ball. What would you do to stop the sun from supernova? You nor anyone else has the right to tell me how I should live my life. This article is about more than a stupid gaming console. Does the government have the right to tell you how much television to watch? What temperature to keep your house? No they don't. Sorry you live in a socialist suck hole. Maybe you should do like the rest of your mates and bugger off to Australia.
MoonConquistador  +   914d ago
@C4BL3 I'm not for telling anyone how to run their life, i just think if you read the article, it was actually refferring to the amount of time your game console is on without actually being used, eg left on standby or not switched off etc.

It's only discussing implementing a way of forcing you to save electricity, not for monetary costs, but due to climate change etc. EG, forcing those who are selfish to be more considerate without actually impacting on how much TV you want to watch.

Grow up a bit
Sarcasm  +   914d ago
Waste what? Electric companies are getting paid for the usage, so it's not like it's "free."

Nothing's free. It takes me money to type this comment.
BraveToaster  +   913d ago
I told you guys consoles were evil! You didn't believe me!
Almir908  +   913d ago
Omg shut this article down please. Of all things they try to pin our resource of electricity on it has to be game consoles. I've bet a billion dollars

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