The lifetime climate cost of your next-gen console

Videogame consoles aren't covered under energy efficiency regulations in Australia and NZ, but that doesn't mean there isn't a price.

When the latest generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony were announced, they naturally made headlines for their raft of new features, cutting edge technology – and hefty pricetag. With the Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X each setting a customer back AU$749.95, these consoles are no small investment. Nintendo Switch, released in 2017, has a slightly more approachable price point, but after four years it’s still sitting at its original release cost of AU$469. The initial outlay is significant, and the price don’t stop there. On top of hardware, software, accessories, and membership fees, there’s an energy cost on the consumer and the planet that runs even deeper.

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob