High-end PCs and current-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consume a lot of power. Even though it may not seem like much, in the long term, this energy consumption can put us on the verge of a ecological disaster. That’s if nothing is done to make the gaming industry more respectful of nature.
A PlayStation 4 is rated at 165W on maximum capacity, while a PlayStation 5 is rated at 350W. That’s more than a 100% increase in energy consumption. If this continues, next-gen consoles of the future will have even more power.
Let me tell you what is at stake here. Although you may not care much about the environment, government agencies can to forbid consoles and GPUs if they don’t meet efficiency standards. Why? Because the health of the planet comes first and gambling is not the only form of entertainment.
People can live without the game, but they can’t live without the planet. We are already seeing drastic climatic changes and global warmingwhich makes the official bodies even more active in terms of energy efficiency.
Recently we have seen that the European Union could ban 8K and 4K TVs that did not meet energy efficiency standards. And I sincerely appreciate the initiative. On the contrary, it gives a warning to the gaming industry that the power consumption problem is real and spiraling out of control.
If developers and manufacturers don’t decide to make their products more environmentally friendly, we can all wait to see how long it will take officials to ban the gaming industry from existence.
Take the new RTX-4090, for example. The card is undoubtedly powerful and massive in size, so it obviously consumes a lot of power. If you’re pairing Nvidia’s RTX 4090 with a powerful processor like AMD ThreadRipper, you might need a power supply that can deliver up to 1300W.
Now imagine what the power requirements of an even more powerful GPU might be if it ever comes out in the near future.
Covid 19 and the mining craze a few years ago created hurdles in the gaming industry. People couldn’t get their favorite GPUs because they were either out of stock or sold at a price ridiculous price.
As a result of this and the PlayStation 4 port, games released in recent years had fairly low requirements. Some people were also not actively trying to buy the RTX 20 or 30 series due to the availablity.
But now that these problems are gone, the game requirements for the latest versions are increasing again. Game developers are also insisting on getting rid of the Xbox Series S port for future games.
Not having an Xbox Series S port will allow developers to respond to their games depending on the powerful current generation consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. A high-end PC with the RTX 20 and 30 series will still be going. But for how long ?
Eventually, people will have to buy more powerful GPUs and consoles. That’s if they want to enjoy the latest games, which can endanger the environment. The gaming industry as a whole could be in danger if things continue like this.
The thing is, it’s not just manufacturers who need to make more environmentally friendly consoles or GPUs. It is also the work of game developers to meet these requirements and to optimise their games accordingly.
We will have to reduce the hardware at some point. And also make games more optimized to keep the gaming industry healthy. However, there are no signs of that happening anytime soon. Not unless some government or other official body calls out the gaming industry for its absurd power consumption.
In addition to developers and manufacturers, we, as consumers, also have a role to play in making the gaming industry more environmentally friendly. We need to make our voice heard wherever we can and embrace the changes that will come with reduced hardware capabilities to make devices more capable. respectful of nature.
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