Did you read the article?
“If you leave your Xbox 360 or Sony Play Station 3 on all the time, you can cut your electric bill by as much as $100 a year simply by turning it off when you are finished playing,” said NRDC Senior Scientist Noah Horowitz.
Turning it off, not unplugging it to avoid standby mode power draw.
Specifically, automatic power-down features – which shut off devices if they are left idle for a certain amount of time – are big energy-savers.
They're praising standby mode here. They wouldn't do this if you were correct in that they were warning about standby power draw.
The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 also operate as high-definition video players. When they are used this way, the consoles continue to operate at nearly peak energy levels, even after the movie ends, unless the device is turned off.
Yes, that's right. If you don't turn off your console, it keeps using a lot of energy. Simply groundbreaking.
Standby mode wouldn't draw the "nearly peak energy levels" they're warning of here.
...the report measured the amount of power they use when they are active, idle and turned off. It found these systems use nearly the same amount of power when you are playing them as they do when you leave them on and walk away.
The entire article is nothing but telling you that leaving your console turned on uses a lot of energy. I stand by my original sarcasm; there is not one single mention of standby mode power-draw being the issue or point of the article. This comment was edited on Nov 20, 2008, 00:53.