EPA wants new energy-saving consoles

Are you used to your console sounding like a helicopter starting up 24/7? Well that might be changing pretty quick, folks. In the never-ending effort to make consumer electronics more “green”, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to introduce console energy requirements starting in July 2010. The stipulations include:

  • Wireless Access Point functions must use less than 10 Watts of power.
  • The console shall have the ability to drop output components when the system is inactive for 15 minutes.
  • The console shall power down to a sleep mode after 1 hour of inactivity.

The EPA is hoping that this early delivery of the requirements will give manufacturers of the new batch of consoles enough time to meet the standard. It’s hard to gauge how seriously console manufacturers will take a request like this, since they still can’t manage to create a console that doesn’t either break within a year of purchase *cough*360*cough*, cause you to destroy your tv while playing tennis *sne-Wii-eze*, or take 90 minutes to download and install a system update *yawwwwnPS3*. But you can check out the hippie-friendly details here.