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Gaming consoles are finally getting some attention from Energy Star, whose new 5.0 specifications will take a look at the power consumption of these devices and set more stringent standards.
Starting July 2009, PlayStations, Xboxes, Wiis and similar consoles will at last have some requirements on how efficient they must be to earn an Energy Star seal of approval. Gaming Console Manufacturers Need to Get Cracking
The draft of the 5.0 version (not online yet) hopes to encourage manufacturers to get serious about better designs right quick to help limit the energy use of these widely used devices.
With an effective date of July 1, 2010, manufacturers should have some time between the new standards set in 2009 and the next round of consoles coming off the lines in 2010 to create energy efficient devices.
New Requirements for Gaming Consoles
The new requirements include using less than one watt during off mode, and less than 5 watts during sleep or auto-off mode. The consoles will have to power down to sleep mode after an hour of inactivity. Also, Set Top Box and DVD/Blu Ray/Movie playback functions have to come within 10% of the Energy Star set top box requirements set out in April of this year.
These new requirements will hopefully make gaming consoles much more efficient and ultimately less expensive in terms of energy bills – especially for hard core gamers.