A study confirms that if the new generation consoles that are the Playstation 5 and the Xbox series consume significantly more energy than their predecessors when it comes to running games specifically developed for it, the trend is reversed for backward compatible titles.
For now and for a little while yet, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / X appear to be more of a better setting for the games of the previous generation than a real passing of the torch. And a study by the American NGO Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) clearly supports this point.
First finding which is sadly not surprising: when they run games specifically designed for them, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series consume much more energy than the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One with their own titles.
Streaming consumes less on PS5 and Xbox Series
The NRDC also noted that when next-gen consoles are used to play previous-gen titles, the power consumption is lower than the machines the PS5 and Xbox Series are trying to replicate. A similar comment was made for viewing “streaming” content.
The study praises the low-power modes offered by both Sony and Microsoft in their new consoles. These economical modes allow you to resume content previously started in 10 to 15 seconds, with a standby consumption of less than one watt. Despite everything, the authors of this survey criticize the manufacturers concerned for not having made it a default power setting, which the NRDC also pointed out in 2013 during its study of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.
It should be noted that the study was carried out on a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Series… S. The NRDC says they were not able to get an Xbox Series X for full testing, but not surprisingly, s ‘expect this model to be more energy efficient than the S Series.
From official sources, the standard PlayStation 5 would consume 350 watts and the Digital 340 model. Microsoft did not release figures for its Xbox Series.