PS5 Electricity Cost [5 Easy Cost Saving Tips]

How much electricity does a PS5 consume? Find out here and get an hourly, weekly, monthly and annual cost breakdown. Plus, find out how you can easily reduce these costs and your carbon footprint.

The PS5 launched with one of the highest power ratings in the game console market. So how much can you expect to pay in electricity to run a PS5?

On average, in the US, it costs $0.046 (just over 4 cents) to run a PS5 for 1 hour. This decreases slightly to $0.044 (again, just over 4 cents) per hour for the PS5 Digital Edition.

For the average US gamer, this works out at $0.31 per week, $1.33 per month and $15.99 per year. Again, the costs are slightly lower for the PS5 Digital Edition where the average US gamer can expect to pay $0.30 weekly, $1.29 monthly and $15.54 annually.

Continue reading to see how these costs were calculated, how PS5 consumption compares with other household appliances, and get 5 PS5 energy saving tips that will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

But first, let’s see how much electricity the PS5 consumes.

PS5 electricity cost image with PS5 controller | Eco Cost Savings

How much electricity does a PS5 use?

PS5 has a 350W power rating, while the Digital Edition is rated at 340W.

These are the power ratings as specified by Sony.

For context, the PS4 is rated at 165W (250W originally) and the PS4 Pro is 310W.

However, these are all the maximum ratings. The actual consumption will likely be lower. PS5s will not run at maximum capacity all the time. Expect to run close to max capacity, 350/340W, when playing high-end games.

Streaming YouTube or Netflix will use less electricity, while standby mode was expected to consume around 0.5W – testing shows that standby mode consumes 3x this much.

So, let’s take a closer look at the power consumption in different modes.

PS5 power consumption breakdown

Eurogamer analysed PS5 power consumption.

To summarize, taking the highest rating recorded, the table below breaks down the different PS5 electricity consumption levels for different modes.

ModeElectricity Consumption
Power Off1.3W
Standby (Network Disabled)1.5W
Dashboard47W
Gaming (Max Found To Date)203W
Max Capacity350W

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The different modes obviously consume different amounts of electricity.

In standby mode, with no network connection the PS5 consumes 1.5W.

When powered off, but still plugged in, the PS5 can consume 1.3W.

The console has a power rating of 350W and the maximum consumption recorded when gaming was 203W.

Does PS5 consume a lot of electricity?

PS5 consumes a lot of electricity compared to other games consoles. The PS5’s power rating is higher than almost all other mainstream games consoles. So compared to other games consoles, the PS5 is an energy guzzler.

For greater context, other appliances that are 350W include certain blenders, cordless vacuum cleaners and stand mixers. Typically, these appliances are not considered energy guzzlers – they don’t fall into the same category as electric heaters, air conditioners and electric showers. 

But if a 350W blender was used as much as gamers use their consoles, that could change.

In their paper, Toward Greener Gaming: Estimating National Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Potential, Mills et al (2019) compare computer gaming (not just games consoles) electricity consumption with familiar household appliances:

Gaming electricity consumption comparison with household appliances | Source: Mills et al (2019), Toward Greener Gaming: Estimating National Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Potential
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Computer gaming overall consumes more electricity than freezers and cooking, but a lot less than space heating and cooling.

While the PS5 is just one of many devices that fall under “Computer gaming”, I expect that it will be a considerable part given the popularity of previous generations of Playstation consoles. 

To get a better sense of the level of consumption for the PS5 specifically, let’s take a look at electricity costs.

How much does it cost to run a PS5 per hour in the US

Based on the average price of electricity, 13 cents per kWh, and the PS5 power rating we can easily work out the cost to run a PS5 for 1 hour at maximum power output.

On average, in the US, it costs $0.046 (just over 4 cents) to run a PS5 for 1 hour. This decreases slightly to $0.044 (again, just over 4 cents) per hour for the PS5 Digital Edition.

But how will the costs look over a longer period of time?

Don’t forget, your TV will also add to your gaming costs – see how much it costs to run your TV, here.

Cost to run a PS5 per week, month and year in the US

On average, in the US, gamers spend 6.76 hours per week playing games. Taking this average, the max power rating for both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, along with the average cost per unit of electricity (i.e. 13 cents), we can estimate the cost to run a PS5 over a full year.

ConsolePower ratingCost p/wCost p/mCost p/y
PS5350$0.31$1.33$15.99
PS5 Digital Edition340$0.30$1.29$15.54

These costs will obviously vary depending on the amount and type of use (e.g. gaming, downloading, streaming). But they should give you a good sense of what you can expect to pay in electricity charges.

Now lets briefly take a look at PS5 electricity costs in the UK.

How much does it cost to run a PS5 per hour in the UK

The average price of electricity in the UK is 17p per kWh. Taking the PS5 power rating, and assuming maximum power output, we can quickly work out the cost to run a PS5 for 1 hour.

In the UK, on average, it costs £0.06 to run a PS5 for 1 hour. This decreases slightly to £0.058 (just under 6p) per hour for the PS5 Digital Edition.

Let’s see how much this adds up over a longer period of time.

Cost to run a PS5 per week, month and year in the UK

In the UK, on average, gamers spend 6.89 hours per week playing video games. Using this, the average unit cost of electricity and the PS5 power ratings, the weekly, monthly and annual average cost to run a PS5 (at max power) in the UK is as follows:

ConsolePower ratingCost p/wCost p/mCost p/y
PS5350£0.41£1.78£21.32
PS5 Digital Edition340£0.40£1.73£20.71

Again, a lot of variables come into play. If you’re using a PS5 less than the average gamer, tend to stream more than play high-end games, you’ll consume less electricity and so your costs will be lower.

While the costs may not seem substantial to everyone, I think we’d all like to reduce our bills and our carbon footprint. 

PS5 environmental cost

Speaking of carbon footprint. While the power rating is higher than the PS4, suspended gameplay in PS5 is expected to be lower (0.5W).

Sony estimated that the lower consumption in this mode will reduce energy wastage considerably. So much so that if 1,000,000 PS5 owners used this feature, the energy savings would be equivalent to 1,000 US homes.

Looking at gaming overall, Mills et al (2019) estimate that, in the US alone, gaming is responsible for 24 MT/year of carbon-dioxide emissions. That’s equivalent to running 85,000,000 refrigerators or over 5,000,000 cars.

So with this in mind, let’s take a look at ways you can reduce your PS5 electricity consumption and carbon footprint.

5 tips to reduce PS5 electricity consumption

Frame rate, GPU, cloud gaming along with many other hardware and software factors impact our electricity consumption levels during gaming.

But by slightly changing our behaviour, we can save money and reduce our carbon footprint without impacting our gaming experience.

The below are 5 simple ways you can reduce your PS5 electricity consumption:

  1. Enable power saving mode. You’ll likely have to manually enable this mode if you want to be part of PS5 owners that save energy equivalent to 1,000 US homes.
  2. Don’t stream from your PS5. I’m guilty of this. I spend more time streaming on my console than gaming. I will definately change this. Alternative streaming devices, like Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, use substantially less power than a PS5, and as a result, will reduce your electricity bills. Better yet, stream directly from your Smart TV if you have one – this uses essentially no extra electricity, which obviously helps minimize your carbon footprint.
  3. Set your controllers to turn off automatically. I’m guilty of this one too :/ Leaving the controller on while streaming is such a waste of energy. Changing the setting so the controllers turn off automatically won’t save a huge amount of energy, but it will save some. And it will be more convenient. There’ll be less rushing to grab a charger.
  4. Stay away from your set-top box. Setting up consoles between set-top boxes and TVs is not energy efficient. There’s no need to have your console on if you’re just using your set-top box and TV. Modern TVs come with multiple HDMI ports. Make use of them.
  5. Unplug. Standby / rest mode still uses electricity. So be sure to unplug your console when you’re not using it for longer periods of time, e.g. overnight.

Interested in learning more about greener gaming? Check out, greengaming.lbl.gov, they have a lot of great resources.

Alternatively, you might be interested in seeing the average TV wattage and adding the cost to run your TV to your PS5 running costs.

How does the Xbox Series X compare?

Get similar electricity cost details about Xbox Series X, here.

The PS5 is more efficient in certain modes compared to the Series X. Get a direct power comparison and electricity cost comparison between the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, here.