It’s Pretty Easy Being Green
Well, I thought I’d found something new in this article on Wii, the “greenest game console,” but according to a comment, this is old bag, being announced at E3 the day the console was revealed. Reading further, other users complained that the whole article was bull, stating that the Wii uses loads of power even while off. This user was obviously not aware of the Connect24 feature, which allows some Wii features to work while in stand-by, and uses up five times more energy that when it’s turned off.
Another user’s comment helpfully linked to an article regarding power usage of the three consoles. According to his test using a Watts Up? PRO power meter, the Wii uses much less power than both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in Idle/Stand-by and during gameplay. The Wii uses by far the least amount of energy of the three.
Of course, that’s not the only consideration in being green. As another user points out, the Wii remotes eat batteries like crazy, and batteries are pretty nasty suckers if not disposed of properly. There’s also packaging, the fact that heavier consoles use more gas in shipping, maybe even issues regarding paint used on the consoles. Who knows?
Still, it’s not often that you find user comments that point you in the direction of helpful knowledge. So, cheers to you.