If you regularly use your PS5 or Xbox Series X console to access some of the best streaming services, including Netflix or Disney Plus, you might want to rethink your viewing habits and instead switch to one of the best streaming devices or watch via a Smart TV.
That’s because a new report from FlatpanelsHD (opens in new tab) suggests that video streaming on a next-gen console is energy hungry. The investigation found that on average both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consume significantly more power when streaming compared to dedicated streaming devices such as a Google Chromecast or Apple TV.
The raw numbers speak for themselves. FlatpanelsHD found that when streaming the PS5 consumes around 80W of power. The Xbox Series X drains 57W, and its sibling console, Xbox Series S, demands 35W. These numbers are particularly high when compared to a Chromecast that requires just 3.2W, or an Apple TV, which drains around 4W.
|Xbox Series X||57W|
|Xbox Series S||35W|
|Apple TV (2nd Gen)||4W|
|Chromecast w/ Google TV||3.2W|
As the cost of energy continues to spiral it may be worth investing in a dedicated streaming device in order to reduce your overall power consumption, especially if you’re a frequent streamer. Of course, changing the device you use to access streaming services is unlikely to instantly reduce your energy bill but over time it could make a difference.
Lower power consumption isn’t the only reason to switch to a dedicated streaming device either. A Chromecast or Apple TV 4K typically offers higher quality streams and an overall better user experience. FlatpanelsHD points out that console apps don’t usually support dynamic range matching and often force everything into HDR even when the content doesn’t support it. Plus, neither next-gen console offers frame rate matching, which can lead to occasional video stuttering. In fact, the PS5 doesn’t support Dolby Vision or Dolby Atomos either.
So while you might find streaming via a PS5 or Xbox Series X more convenient, you should consider switching to a separate device or making use of your TV's smart features if it has them (most modern televisions do). Watching Netflix on a Chromecast instead of a gaming console is not only energy efficient but an overall better experience as well. That's a win-win.
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The Chromecast 4k is kinda iffy with casting in 4k for sure, but the Chromecast with Google TV (4k) is absolutely hands down better than any console. It has HDR matching AND framerate matching with true 4K.
And the quality is in amazing 4k hdr or whatever that said show is formatted in.
It can only play things in what is available.
But it looks way better streaming off my xbox than my smart TV or 4k rogers TV box. It also depends on your Tvs capabilities what so don't blame the console for certain Tvs inadequacies.
But if you really want to minimize power and are ok with some features missing and other compromises, there is nothing wrong with having Chromecast device or something else. In the end that is built to be low power consumption device while on console, main purpose is gaming, streaming is more of secondary function and they don't want to compromise former to make latter use less energy. Though at this point, I would question if it isn't better to have just TV that supports streaming, so you aren't powering two devices, even if in case of Chromecast it is peanuts worth or power.