Data were collected from December 2, 2020 to January 4, 2021. This study examined the “lifetime” cost of game console, which refers to the expected time for players to retain and use the console before upgrading to the next generation of game console. To calculate the cost of electricity, the researchers measured six to nine years of game and stand-by power consumption, which they estimated as the average “lifetime.”. The study found that switch is the most energy-efficient of all game consoles, and its “lifetime” energy cost is about $143.46.
Switch’s energy costs are much lower than its current competitors, ps5 and Xbox series X. The research shows that the “lifetime” energy cost of xsx is $283.20, while that of ps5 is $234.45. The study also looked at previous generations of home computers and found that Nintendo’s older models also consumed less energy than its competitors. For example, the “lifetime” energy costs of Wii u and Wii are $40.66 and $117.86, respectively. That’s well below the $229.45 PS3. In addition, the previous generation’s PS4 and Xbox one were $292.65 and $363.64, respectively. Finally, the Xbox 360 is $258.26.
This study not only considered the energy cost, but also investigated the price of accessories, games and services for each host, so as to calculate the total life cost of each host. In the end, switch is still the lowest cost host in the current generation, with an average lifetime cost of about $1244.68. Xsx is much higher than that, to $2313.15. The ps5 is the most expensive host, with a total lifetime cost of $2429.69.