PS4 and power consumption: Sony GO Green?
Just like design and remote control, power consumption is also one of the key points that are hotly debated these days. With “Go Green” being the buzzword these days, critics are hoping that Sony will decide to join the Go Green revolution and market a completely green product in the form of the PS4, which will consume almost very low energy levels.
Well, very low power levels aside, one thing Sony will have to guarantee on PS4 would be a substantial relief in terms of its next-gen gaming console’s power absorption capabilities. Everyone is quite aware of the fact that the PS3 is a huge power hog.
In fact, you might be surprised to learn that leaving your PS3 on (yes, we’re talking idle) for a year would set you back a whopping $157. On the contrary, if you play it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it will cost you between 8 and 10 dollars more. What a waste of energy, right?
However, it will be quite difficult to manage the huge performance gains in an eco-design, especially without optical media in the storage drive (assuming the PS4 will work online and games will be downloaded rather than saved to DVD/Blu – lightning disks or hard disks).
Therefore, it can only be considered as a sweet speculation, which seems so difficult to be a reality; However, Sony will have to ensure that the PS4 doesn’t fall in line with more expensive electronic/electrical devices to function, even in standby or idle mode.
Microsoft’s X-Box 360 isn’t great either, as it would set you back around $125 per year even if you let it sit idle, but Nintendo’s Wii is anything but. The Wii is estimated to not even cost around $15 per year, if left idle.
Therefore, the next generation X-Box and PlayStation game consoles will surely have to worry about power consumption, if they want to remain competitive with Wii2.
Also, if Sony does nothing about the power-draining nature of the PS3 and doubles the performance level of the PS4, it would be scary to imagine how much power the PS4 will actually consume, even if you leave it on for a couple of minutes. months and go on tour.