Prices in the UK are soaring due to new energy figures, but PlayStation owners have an advantage over Xbox owners.
When in standby mode Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 5, costs around £4 a year, even with the latest predicted price hikes.
The same cannot be said for Xbox users, as these consoles left on standby could cost players up to £132 a year due to their higher energy consumption.
This pricing hits Xbox Series X users the hardest, as this is the company’s premium console that uses more energy.
Users of Xbox Series S could also save money by changing their settings.
The consoles that were purchased before May 2022 will be the most affected. Microsoft has since developed an energy-saving mode.
This price increase affects more than 1.15million Xbox owners who purchased their consoles before the date.
Even if you bought the Xbox Series X before this date, don’t worry, there is still a way to change your energy consumption settings.
Boot up your console and go to ‘Settings’. Under ‘General settings’ you should see an option for ‘Sleep mode & start-up’.
If you go here you will see a drop box under ‘Sleep mode’ with two options; ‘Standby’ or ‘Energy Saver’.
By changing the option to ‘Energy Saver’ you could save up to £55 a year.
This option should be used if your console was purchased after May.
When you shut down your Xbox console it always enters one of these modes to allow for its ‘Instant on’ mode.
This allows players to continue playing a game even after they shut down their console.
If you don’t mind waiting to launch a game, and the extra time it takes to load your save file, then you can save an extra £59 by turning the console off at the mains.
These tips are applicable to all Xbox players, regardless of where they are located. However, they are highly recommended for UK residents who are facing the energy crisis.
Savings can be made in every country by changing to ‘Energy Saver’ mode, though it is likely less than UK estimates.
Georgina Young wrote this for the company GLHF.
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