Game consoles are computer devices that are used to play interactive video games. It has the same essential components like a PC, including a central processing units, graphics processing unknit and random access memory.

Voluntary agreement

Game consoles are covered by a voluntary agreement. A voluntary agreement is proposed by industry sectors and works as alternative to EU ecodesign regulations. Through this self-regulation, industries may achieve ecodesign objectives more quickly or at a lesser expense compared to mandatory requirements. The signatories to the agreement control its implementation.

The voluntary agreement for game consoles aims to reduce the environmental impact over the life cycle while also achieving energy savings through better design. It moreover sets the maximum power limit and auto-power for different mains-powered game consoles on the market of EU countries. It also sets requirements on energy efficiency requirements (excluding the gaming mode), material efficiency and information for consumers.

The European Commission monitors and assesses the agreement as they need to fulfil some criteria of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC).

Together with industry partners, the Commission has made guidelines for self-regulation measures under the ecodesign directive.

Energy savings

The voluntary agreement is estimated to bring energy savings of 41TWh over the lifecycle of the last generation of games consoles