Why shouldn’t you use your PS5 to watch Netflix movies?
A new report ensures that your electricity bill will be much more expensive if you watch Netflix through PS5 or Xbox Series.
Nowadays, video game consoles serve much more than to play, and that is why they also have dozens of applications to enjoy different multimedia content in the purest smart TV style, but without having to leave the menu of our favorite console .
That is why both the new PS5 and the Xbox Series have been launched with a lot of pre-installed applications, including YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Video and Netflix, which are widely used by the user community. However, if you are tempted to use Netflix through your PS5 or Xbox series, you are likely to be in for a nasty surprise the following month when you receive your electricity bill.
And is that a new report from Natural Resources Defense Council has shown that PS5 consumes much more power than other devices such as Apple TV or Fire TV Stick when consuming multimedia content in applications such as Netflix or Prime Video.
Specifically, using Netflix through PS5 “consumes between 10 and 25 times more energy than through Apple TV or Fire TV stick.” Although “accessing services like Netflix through PS5 can save you a few seconds, the console will consume between 30 and 70 watts, around between 10 and 25 times more energy than a streaming device like Amazon Fire TV stick to watch the same program ”Says the study. “We have repeatedly urged both Sony and Microsoft to include a dedicated low-power chip for video playback on their consoles.
PS5 is the worst offender in this report, given that on average it has been drawing between 68 and 70 watts for shows streamed on both Prime Video and Netflix. Something better in the study has been Xbox Series, but also far above if we compare it with other external devices such as Fire TV stick.
So if you are one of those who always complains about the electricity bill, and more so now that it has risen with the beginning of 2021, you may want to save a few euros and stop watching Netflix through your PS5 or Xbox series.