Sony PS3 hogs 380 watts of power, Xbox to get 1080p upgrade

Sony PS3 hogs 380 watts of power, Xbox to get 1080p upgrade

Summary: Websites are reporting that Sony has revealed their PS3 (Playstation 3) will consume 380 watts of power in comparison with the 160 watts the Xbox 360 uses and the 45 watts used by the Sony PS2.  A high performance Intel Core 2 Duo PC with a high-end graphics card only uses around 160 watts of power.

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Websites are reporting that Sony has revealed their PS3 (Playstation 3) will consume 380 watts of power in comparison with the 160 watts the Xbox 360 uses and the 45 watts used by the Sony PS2.  A high performance Intel Core 2 Duo PC with a high-end graphics card only uses around 160 watts of power.  With that much power flowing through such a relatively sleek box, it's no wonder they had some overheating issues in some demonstrations last month.

The additional power consumption can add up to $100 for typical usage but the type of consumer who would buy a PS3 probably aren't extremely concerned about it.  The only thing they might be concerned about is keeping good ventilation for their PS3.  PS3 shoppers should also be aware that the PS3 doesn't come with an HDMI cable and retailers might try to make a killing on $40 to $100 HDMI cable accessories.  If you're planning to buy a PS3, it might be a good idea to mail order an HDMI cable now from a cheaper online store.  Just search for "HDMI cables" on any Internet search engine.

Sony is relying on the PS3 for the success of Blueray DVD and continued domination of the console market but initial shortages will limit PS3 sales this Christmas season.  Microsoft is projecting Xbox 260 sales of more than double the number of PS3s before the end of the year and Sony is responding with a limited edition of the PS2 at $130 USD with a bundled Dualshock controller.  The SFGate is reporting that Microsoft will announce a software update for Xbox live silver and gold members that will unleash 1080p capability in the Xbox 360.  Coupled with the Xbox 360 HD DVD accessory, Microsoft is trying to steal some of the thunder from the Sony PS3.

With Nintendo's Wii in the mix, the 2006 holiday season is shaping up to be a war.  The consoles this holiday season will range from the cheap Sony PS2 to the moderately priced Nintendo Wii to the moderately expensive Microsoft Xbox 360 to the very expensive Sony PS3.   There's no question of technological superiority with Sony's PS3 but the shortages and the price of the PS3 has Sony investors very nervous since Sony is betting the farm on the PS3.  Each product will appeal to a different market segment but the enhancements to the Xbox 360 are designed to blur the line with the PS3 and it will be interesting to see who come out on top.  It could make or break Blueray DVD and it could make or break Sony.

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  • Bluray might fail

    But early in the article, you compare wattage of the three systems, but later you say "There's no question of technological superiority with Sony's PS3".... more power == more power. My computer has a powerful video card (6800 ultra overclocked) and an AMD FX 53 64bit, and it requires more power than the ps3 (currently have a 550 W PSU). I bought it two years ago now, and the thing still plays the latest games beautifully, through many CPU and GPU releases. I expect Sony's PS3 to be kicking for a long long time, as Sony's PS2 is still. There's no argument there.

    However, I won't be getting a PS3 at launch (even if it weren't my decision apparently), but I definitely won't be upgrading my movie collection to Bluray, but I'm sure if some people still own only VHS, they may. I can't imaging justifying upgrading a 50+ DVD collection to Bluray or HD-DVD for that matter.
    Voodoo187
    • When I say superior, I'm not comparing to high-end PCs

      PS3 is technically superior, but that's no guarantee of success. The original Xbox was superior to the PS2, but that wasn't enough to make it successful.

      The PS3 is a big money loser for Sony, the only way this kind of a business model works is if they can get the volume up and sell a lot of games and licensing. If they can't get millions of adopters for the PS3, it will be a disaster. If the PS3 succeeds, then Blueray will have life and Sony will dominate the home entertainment industry for a long time to come. It's a make or break situation for Sony and it can either bankrupt them or save Sony.
      georgeou
  • Real HD and pretend HD

    "Websites are reporting that Sony has revealed their PS3
    (Playstation 3) will consume 380 watts of power in comparison
    with the 160 watts the Xbox 360 uses and the 45 watts used by
    the Sony PS2."

    Would be pretty high if true. Cell BE 3.2Ghz chips have a similar
    power requirements to Intel M so it does seem a little high.
    What's a Blu-ray drive want?

    "With that much power flowing through such a relatively sleek
    box, it's no wonder they had some overheating issues in some
    demonstrations last month. "

    [quote]
    Speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz Sony Europe has
    categorically denied reports that the PS3 hardware has suffered
    any problems due to overheating.
    [/quote]
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=20142

    "The SFGate is reporting that Microsoft will announce a software
    update for Xbox live silver and gold members that will unleash
    1080p capability in the Xbox 360. Coupled with the Xbox 360
    HD DVD accessory, Microsoft is trying to steal some of the
    thunder from the Sony PS3."

    Xbox will support HD 1080p video mode support over VGA and
    component cables. They don't as yet have a HDMI offering.

    It's not known whether their DVI output will support HDCP, a
    requirement to support HD DVD at full resolution. It could be the
    1080p video will be upscaled 720p AND over analogue - nice
    going MS!

    Can't wait for the detail.
    Richard Flude
    • Sony is admitting to that power requirement

      From what I read, Microsoft will support HDCP. Furthermore, the vast majority of HD movies will not initially enforce HDCP which means they will play at 1080p without HDCP.

      From the reports, Sony is the one saying the PS3 needs 380 watts to operate.
      georgeou
      • Links

        "From what I read, Microsoft will support HDCP."

        Given they don't have a digital output for the Xbox 360 I'm not
        sure what you mean.

        "Furthermore, the vast majority of HD movies will not initially
        enforce HDCP which means they will play at 1080p without
        HDCP."

        It is a requirement of HD DVD players to respect the ICT flag.
        Yes current content don't use this flag for now.

        1080p output from Xbox 360 will be upscaled 720p content
        from games and analogue only HD DVD which has the potential
        at any time to be downscaled at the discretion of content
        producers. Where are the howls of protest?

        "From the reports, Sony is the one saying the PS3 needs 380
        watts to operate."

        Link please (your original link doesn't provide any detail)
        Richard Flude
  • PPC are power hogs

    That's why Apple was never able to put a G5 in a laptop. Power PC likes its power. Those will be hot little boxes.
    Monkeypox
    • Why does everybody use them, then?

      The XBox 360, PS3, and Nintendo Wii will ALL be running on multi-core, high-end PowerPC processors. My heat problems with the XBox 360 would seem to suggest that they do overheat. The question now is... why does everybody use a CPU architecture that puts off so much heat? Isn't that asking for trouble?
      SecurityGeek_z
  • Wii designed sip the power

    The Nintendo website outlines all the trials and tribulations the diminuative Wii went through to use so little power that its intended to stay on all day, every day, without the use of a fan. That means the machine does not have an annoying hum.
    Price points that I've heard also put the Wii squarely in competition with the now uber-slashed PS2. Making it "cheap". I would say affordable.
    Nintendo has made a leap of faith that people want a new control interface, tons of new features (like weather, traffic, message boards and sticky notes) out of their family entertainment system, much like the guessed that people wanted a console instead of a whole computer back in the early eighties.
    I'd like to see some other people's impressions of the Wii vs. PS3 and Xbox360.
    banquo79
  • Price power and what else is missing.

    Many pc's already use more power than that. Also of note, how
    much is the $200 add on HD DVD Drive going to consume? The
    xbox 360 at a near level of features will cost as much as a 60 GB
    PS 3. Though it will only have a 20 GB HD. How does that work?
    Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium System
    (MPN: B4J00001)
    $399.99
    Xbox 360? HD DVD Player
    Manufacturer: Microsoft
    Category: Accessories
    Console: Xbox 360
    $199.99
    Rick_K