Computer games consoles
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Computer games consoles are the high consumers of this personal computer industry, using huge amounts of energy to generate the necessary graphics and sounds.
- Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer espouses what the world's largest software company is doing for the environment - but the company's Xbox games console does not rate a mention in this context.
- Microsoft have sold 18 million Xbox 360s sold as at March 2008.
- Worldwide computer use requires 14 power stations for the necessary electricity, producing more harmful carbon dioxide emissions than the entire airline industry - not including the emissions created and manufacturing and shipping the products.
- When played online, games consoles link up to huge server farms which use even more energy.
- With each generation of console - we are currently on the seventh - previous platforms are made obsolete by the newest technology. Millions of consoles, games and other accessories are thrown away.
- A personal computer setup for gaming with a powerful processor and video cards can have a power supply with a peak load rating of 1kW and consume up to that amount of power.