Unlike the PS5 and Switch, leaving your Xbox Series X on standby mode, rather than switching it off, is more costly than you may think.
The rising cost of energy bills is causing some to actually consider giving up gaming as a hobby, in order to save money. If you don’t want to do that, then it’s advised that you make sure to turn your game consoles off when not using them.
For most consoles, the amount of energy they use when in standby mode seems to be negligible, with the exception of the Xbox Series X.
It’s been discovered that leaving the Xbox Series X on standby uses up to £59 worth of energy a year. By comparison, the PlayStation 5 only costs £4 a year if left on standby.
Fortunately, the Xbox Series X has an energy saver mode for when it’s on standby, which should reduce costs.
While this is the default setting for the console, this only applies to consoles sold from May of this year onwards. So, if you bought an Xbox Series X before then, you’ll want to switch to energy saver mode.
All you need to do is press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide, and then select Profile & Systems. From there, select settings, then general, and you should see an option for Power Mode & Start-up. Open that menu and then select Power Mode.
The Guardian’s technology editor Alex Hern believes that, without the energy saver mode, leaving the Xbox Series X on standby would cost you £132 a year.
This isn’t the case for the Xbox Series S, though, by virtue of it being less powerful than the Xbox Series X.
As for the Nintendo Switch, Hern says that leaving it on standby barely makes a difference. Even if you were to play, say, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild with the Switch docked, you wouldn’t be using nearly as much energy as the Xbox Series X does in standby.
Likewise, it’s advised that you stop leaving your television on standby. A standard TV could cost you £11 a year, so it might be worth switching it off at the mains whenever you’re not using it – since most modern TVs don’t have an off button.
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