The next generation of gaming is here, incarnate in the Xbox 360. Everythingís bigger, faster and better ó including its power consumption. After testing the 360ís power intake, CNET found that it sucks in more electricity than any other home entertainment device, save big screen HDTVs. Thatís some electricity bill, amounting to $10 to $35 annually.

This is approximately twice the power required by a Mac Mini, but less than a high-spec gaming PC draws. We have yet to see how the other next-generation consoles compare, but we may well find similar power consumption figures, a hidden extra cost in the consoleís price.