If you like saving money, don’t stream Netflix on your PS5. New findings from the Natural Resources Defense Council found PS5 to draw significantly more power while streaming video content than its Xbox counterpart – and between “10 to 25 times more power than a streaming device” such as Apple TV or Roku box.
Access to dozens of streaming services is a nice bonus to owning a console. Instead of having to switch inputs on your TV and grab the remote, you can simply tap a few buttons on your controller to go from playing Miles Morales to watching Netflix.
“This may save a few seconds, but the console will draw between 30 and 70 watts – about 10 to 25 times more power than a streaming device like Apple TV, Roku box, or Amazon Fire Stick to watch the same show,” reads the NRDC’s latest study. “We have repeatedly urged Sony and Microsoft to include a dedicated low-power chip for video playback in their consoles, and this request is even more important today given the potential for long hours of ‘binge-watching’ via the console.”
PS5 was the main culprit among next-gen consoles, drawing 68-70 watts for shows streamed on both Amazon Prime and Netflix. Things were much better on Xbox Series S, which consumed about 31 watts to stream Netflix and 41 watts for Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, the NRDC couldn’t pinpoint why there was such a big difference between the two apps.
Xbox Series X was not tested, but estimates put it at a power usage of 40 to 53 watts while streaming.
The NRDC also notes you should always power down your console after turning off your TV, otherwise, it will continue to draw power at these inflated levels for at least the next hour.
If you have a TV with built-in apps, it’s best to take the extra 10 seconds and use it to stream your content. While there’s no denying the convenience of having dozens of apps just a button press away, it also means you’re wasting a bit of money on electricity bills every single month.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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