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King_Ghidra
07-12-2005, 11:34:04
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2005/12/06/what_a_powerhungry_hog.html

According to Alpha, the CNet blog, running the Xbox 360 for an average of four hours per day will cost you between 5 and 18 more on your electricity bill per year. That could be a significant consideration for people thinking of purchasing the power-hungry console

We tested the 'box using Extech's MA200 power meter, which gives real-time power consumption results. It turns out that the Xbox 360 draws about 160 watts of power, over twice as much as the original Xbox, which draws 74 watts, and the PlayStation 2, which draws about 50

Nav
07-12-2005, 11:48:44
I imagine they will start bringing out coin operated versions now because of that...

Kitsuki
07-12-2005, 12:48:21
An extra 5 to 18 quid PER YEAR - thats bugger all - for 4 hours per day - (thats about 1400 hours worth of play time...!)

What a stupid thing to write... Never trust the mainstream media's reviews of games and consoles...!

King_Ghidra
07-12-2005, 12:51:06
that's from the guardian's gameblog, they're gamers, not jobbing journos writing out things they don't know about

sure the money's not an issue, i think it's more to point out how much power it consumes

Nills Lagerbaak
07-12-2005, 13:06:19
Yeah, in terms of power, that is considerable (for an electronics device). Just goes to show how cheap electricity is (at the moment)

Venom
07-12-2005, 13:27:38
Anybody who plays the X-Box for 1400 hours per year deserves to pay extra.

maroule
07-12-2005, 13:47:40
and get a life



on that note, I just bought mine...

King_Ghidra
07-12-2005, 13:49:53
good luck finding a good game for it (which isn't better on pc)

i can't see past doa4

oh i'd like to know if kameo is any good

maroule
07-12-2005, 13:59:46
I bought dark projetc zero
will test drive it tonight

I'll see how PES5 looks on it as well

MattHiggs
07-12-2005, 14:47:41
Tried to get one on Friday but no luck at all :(

I bought Battlefield 2 and Half Life 2 though to make me feel better. Played 10 minutes of HL2 and I am beyond impressed. That Source engine is just in a completely different league to anything that is out at the moment and it's 12 months old.

Asher
07-12-2005, 22:53:25
It has a 220W powersupply.

My PC has a 400W powersupply...

maroule
08-12-2005, 08:41:02
so I did test drive it, and the graphic are pretty amazing on tvhd, to be honest. Project dark zero is pretty good but somehow it failed to ignite my imagination...

maybe because I'm diving again in the delight of civ (4) :)

MattHiggs
08-12-2005, 08:53:59
I think if you leave your Tv on standby every night for the year you'd pay out an extra couple of quid too.

...5 and 18 more on your electricity bill per year. That could be a significant consideration for people thinking of purchasing the power-hungry console

You'd have to be very anally retentive! :D

King_Ghidra
08-12-2005, 09:40:44
Originally posted by Asher
It has a 220W powersupply.

My PC has a 400W powersupply...

PC FTW

MattHiggs
08-12-2005, 10:23:41
I think a PC at Idle draws about 30W of power - obviously depending on components.

Resource Consumer
09-12-2005, 10:57:26
OK. Since I was mentioned in the title.

The key thing is opportunity cost for those 4 hours. Also, remember that you can turn the lights off in the room that you are playing. That will save some kWh.

Even better, install energy saving lightbulbs all over the house and then play to your heart's content.:)

Tizzy
09-12-2005, 10:59:32
You guys do understand that I come here to try and get away from work, right?

Resource Consumer
09-12-2005, 13:47:43
:D

Colon
09-12-2005, 19:34:16
Originally posted by Resource Consumer
OK. Since I was mentioned in the title.

The key thing is opportunity cost for those 4 hours. Also, remember that you can turn the lights off in the room that you are playing. That will save some kWh.

Even better, install energy saving lightbulbs all over the house and then play to your heart's content.:)

Well since you mention opportunity costs: watching a screen in a darkened room exhausts your eyes so it's possible you'll have to check up an opthalmologist and have to start wearing glasses at an earlier age than otherwise would have been the case.

MattHiggs
09-12-2005, 19:45:40
:bash:

Asher
09-12-2005, 21:09:05
Originally posted by Colon
Well since you mention opportunity costs: watching a screen in a darkened room exhausts your eyes so it's possible you'll have to check up an opthalmologist and have to start wearing glasses at an earlier age than otherwise would have been the case.

What if you have insurance?

Colon
09-12-2005, 22:30:48
Then the costs are ultimately spread amongst all policyholders, or the taxpayer, depending on the system you got.

Resource Consumer
13-12-2005, 11:37:20
Originally posted by Colon
Well since you mention opportunity costs: watching a screen in a darkened room exhausts your eyes so it's possible you'll have to check up an opthalmologist and have to start wearing glasses at an earlier age than otherwise would have been the case.

I have free eyecare vouchers :)

Venom
13-12-2005, 13:10:37
I have robotic eyes given to me by Odin.

Lurker the Second
13-12-2005, 13:21:30
Did he ship them from Cali or did you have to go there for installation?

Venom
13-12-2005, 14:17:00
Fed Ex. Overnight.

Resource Consumer
14-12-2005, 11:54:41
Were they fitted while you wait?