The Top 5 Video Games that Use the Most Power

  Video Game Power Usage
1 Burnout Paradise / Devil May Cry 4 159 watts (PS3)
2 Call of Duty 4 141.5 watts (PS3)
3 Virtual Fighter 5 147 watts (PS3)
4 Resistance: Fall of Man 4 136 watts (PS3)
5 Madden 08 125 watts (Xbox 360)
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  1. The NRDC study found that Active and Idle are minimally affected (1 to 2 watts) during internet and online play. As long as a game disc is inserted into the device, Active mode power consumption varies by a negligible amount, whether the user has the console connected to the Internet or not and whether the player is playing online with others or is playing alone (not online).
  2. The current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 use two to six times more power in active and idle modes than their predecessors. Nintendo's current Wii (2008), however, uses less slightly less power than its predecessor, the Game Cube.
  3. The Wii consumes dramatically less power than both the Sony and Microsoft products, due in part to its lower graphics processing requirements. In round numbers, the NRDC's latest Active mode readings show the Wii drawing less than 20 watts, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 drawing approximately 120 and 150 watts respectively.
  4. The NRDC tested a variety of games on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms to see whether there are measurable differences in power use for a given console. During active mode measurements, they found that there is a range of 20 to 25 watts between games on the PS3 and 10 to 15 watts on the Xbox 360.
  5. Testing was performed by the NRDC in all modes for 11 different video game consoles representing the current three leading manufacturers and various generations of products over the past 16 years. The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is a national nonprofit environmental organization.
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Sources:  Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Paper November 2008: Lowering the Cost of Play.

List Notes: Figures represent Active Mode consumption in watts.
Video Games that Use the Most Power

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