As seen at Kotaku some figures on the power usage of the PS3 have been revealed. It will suck down a massive 380 watts of power while running. That’s more than twice the 160 watts of the Xbox 360. I just happen to have a KILL A WATT device attached to my gaming PC right now, which has two optical drives and four hard drives, and that by comparison is using a rather modest 197 watts. Is the Cell that power hungry?
Not only will this mean about an $80 annual power bill if you play the PS3 for four hours a day, but of course all that power means a lot of heat. You’ve heard the complaints about Xbox 360 getting toasty, will the PS3 be twice as hot…?
For a visual comparison of what 380 watts will get you, check out our follow-up piece.