PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: Who wins when it comes to energy efficiency?

20th November 2013
The PlayStation 4 is marginally more efficient than the Xbox One

Avid gamers across the world are currently torn, weighing up the pros and cons of the next generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles, trying to work out which one is worth their hard-earned cash.

The PlayStation 4 may have pipped the Xbox One when it comes to price, while the latter is a better living room entertainment hub than the former. In regards to the quality of the games, that still remains to be seen as the two powerful devices expand upon their launch titles.

One battle that gamers may not have considered, however, is which console comes out on top in terms of energy efficiency, helping to keep their household electricity bills down while they play.

The good news is that there's not a lot in it – both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One have an exemplary efficiency performance. Nonetheless, it is Sony's console that just about comes out on top.

Energy efficiency ratings firm Enervee gave the PlayStation 4 the perfect Energy Efficiency Score of 100 out of 100, while the Xbox One achieved a highly commendable 96.

The figures are calculated by working out gaming performance against power consumption through the device's central processor and graphics processor speed and memory, and hard drive capacity, among other variables.

It was predominantly the Xbox One's graphics processor speed that let it down.

When comparing these scores to the previous generations of consoles, it is remarkable to see how far these new devices have come. The PlayStation 3 Super Slim 500GB, the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 350 S 320GB achieved scores of 69, 65 and 63, respectively.

There may not be a lot in it, but it if you're considering buying either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One as a Christmas present for a loved one and can't decide between the two, this revealing information could be the deal breaker in favour of Sony's device.

Posted by Oliver Tadd

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