The Hidden Costs of Household Gaming

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How much are your gaming consoles actually costing you?

Do you shake your fist at the household's resident gamer every time you get a sky-high electricity bill?

Chances are you might be channelling your frustrations in the wrong direction.

Despite the flashing lights, the slick graphics, and the high-def sound, many gaming consoles consume surprisingly little energy, at least in comparison to household heavy-hitters like the fridge or washing machine.

In fact, even the humble incandescent lightbulb consumes more energy than a Nintendo Switch!

Of course, those numbers change as you move into the more hefty consoles, with the PS 4 Pro consuming up to 150Wh and the X-Box One X pulling a massive 180Wh during play.

Plus, you're not going to get very far in Call of Duty if your Playstation isn't connected to a TV. That adds additional costs, as does the inevitable power draw from when the console sits in standby mode.

In a typical house that consumes around 6000kWh a year, a gamer on an X-Box One X with a half hour a day habit will account for just under 2 per cent of the yearly usage.

That shoots up to around 4.4 per cent if the active gaming time is more like 2 hours a day.

Still, any console is bound to be cheaper than a high-end gaming PC, where power-hungry components can lead to sky-high running costs.

Take a look around our interactive tool below to see how much your gaming habit is costing you, and the planet.

Active usage:
Device Power Consumption
Console Cost
(per year)
Total Cost
(per year)
PS4 Pro 150
PS4 Slim 120
PS4 150
X-Box One X 180
X-Box One S 90
X-Box One 120
Nintendo Switch 18
Wii U 35
Gaming PC 500 -

Click on the device names for more usage stats

Yearly usage produces around

The equivalent of...

Figures are estimates based on the operating and standby wattages of selected devices, coupled with a 108cm television with a 100w power consumption profile