The processing power of Wii U compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has been proven to be a matter of much conflict. However, Eurogamer has conducted an analysis and determined that Wii U is irrevocably the winner out of the consoles when it comes to energy efficiency. Eurogamer reported that “In terms of performance per watt, Wii U is the clear winner, providing an equivalent graphical and gameplay experience using less than half the power consumed by the other consoles.”
Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have had issues with overheating and massive energy use, but Wii U has no such issues. Even when put up against the newer slimmed down versions of other systems, including the new PS3 Super Slim, the Wii U dominates in energy efficiency.
While playing, the Wii U consistently maintained an energy use of around 32 watts. Compare this to the Xbox 360 Slim and PS3 Super Slim, which use 67 and 66 watts respectively. The Wii U is also about 40% smaller in size than either of the consoles. This difference in energy use and efficiency is staggering.
These energy usage stats in Wii U are possible because of its compact design which concentrates heat use, and its more efficient processors. Check out the full article on Eurogamer for technical details and in-depth comparisons.