Originally Posted by lacrossewacker
No, what I'm saying is the PS4 has a ridiculous power usage at idle; something that's only improved over time.
I'm not saying "oh the Xbox 360 games at 80 watts, the PS4 should squeeze 10 times more performance in that same envelope"
Not what I'm saying at all, in fact, PS4's ~130 watt usage while gaming is pretty good!
But it's idling....why would two laptop CPU's and a highly revised "7870" idle so high? Considering only 3 cores are used for the OS, the other 5 are just relaxing.
That's what I'm getting at. No reason why an idling PS4 should use as much juice as a 360 that's pumping out red dead redemption.
But the original xbox 360 idled at ~150W according to the previously posted anand pics.
Surely 80W is forgivable since the next gen stuff will have a ton more 3d ui effects, background processes etc. going on even when you're not gaming. Even if the load isn't that high, just keeping the clocks higher to achieve a better experience for the UI and other features will result in drastically higher power draw than what a PC would get in an idle state with really low clocks and voltages.