For all their graphical improvements and multimedia functionality, there’s one place where Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are sorely lacking: energy efficiency.
This is according to a report released on Thursday from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which found that both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 consume two to three times more electricity than the previous generation of consoles. The Nintendo Wii U is the only next-gen console that consumes less energy than the Wii that came before it, the NRDC found.
According to the NRDC’s estimation, the current generation of gaming systems will eat up the same amount of energy each year as all the homes in Houston, Texas, while costing consumers nearly $1 billion annually to operate. The Xbox One’s consumption is largely thanks to Kinect, an accessory that senses motions and voices and came with every Xbox One until Microsoft announced earlier…
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