Microsoft has been providing its Xbox consoles with an Instant On mode for some time, allowing the device to start up significantly faster. However, compared to the energy-saving mode, Instant On also consumes considerably more power: the Xbox Series S consumes 10 watts, while the Series X requires about 13 W. The economy mode has a power consumption of 0.4 and 0.5 watts respectively.
|Price per mode per year in euros|
|Xbox Series S||Xbox Series X|
|Price/kWh||Power saving mode||Instant On||Power saving mode||Instant On|
Given the high electricity prices, depending on the current rate, it may be worth choosing the more economical sleep mode. If you pay 50 euro cents per kilowatt hour, you save 42 euros on an annual basis with the Series S and 54.8 euros in the case of its bigger brother. Logically, as the price rises, more is also paid: with a rate of 75 cents per kWh, you save up to 82.1 euros per year, or 6.8 euros per month.
The PS5 uses a similar economy mode by default.
Since the beginning of March, the energy saver mode has been automatically enabled on new consoles, users with an older device must activate it themselves. With this mode it takes about 45 seconds to start up, although Microsoft has meanwhile also added the option to install updates during low-power mode. However, it is not clear exactly how much is consumed.
Sources: The Verge, https://twitter.com/alexhern/status/1566697498667876355Microsoft (1), (2)
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