The Xbox Series X has been revealed to be the most popular games console on Twitter, according to new analysis.
Green Gaming analyses games console power usage, along with player counts, platform compatibility and completion times behind some of the most popular games, to reveal which titles and devices have resulted in the highest carbon footprint over the last year.
The study also looks to name the most popular amongst fans online and includes a Twitter Sentiment analysis, which pulls together all Tweets referencing popular consoles and games and assigns a positivity/negativity score to each.
The study revealed that the Xbox Series X, which was released in November 2020, received the highest influx of positive reviews from fans online, compared to any other consoles – including PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Switch.
This may come as no surprise for fans given that the Xbox Series X is reportedly hard to get your hands on, with many waiting on retailers to restock the console. Big brother to the also popular Xbox Series S, the Series X boasts excellent load speeds and high resolution gaming.
Although slightly more expensive than the Series S, the Series X is undoubtedly a hit amongst fans, with positive reviews flooding in praising the console for its great value and comfortable use.
Runner up fan favourite console is the PlayStation 5, also released in November 2020, which is also a big hit amongst fans despite some reports of crashing.
The PS5 was interestingly followed by the Google Stadia as a fan favourite online. Released in 2019, the cloud gaming service can be accessed through your own computer equipment so you can play on the go which has been a hit with gamers.
The least popular console received online was the PlayStation 4, which saw the least support from fans – perhaps due to freezing and loading problems reported by some gamers.
When it comes to which games are the most popular amongst gamers, the Twitter Sentiment analysis revealed that FIFA 22 saw the highest influx of positive tweets, making it the favourite compared to other games included in the study.
The latest rendition of the classic game is a hotly contested one, with reviews varying between excellent and bad – but gamers online are big fans of this year’s league.
Other popular games amongst online fans were the mystical role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV and car racing game Forza Horizon 5, backdropped to Mexican landscapes, which also saw influxes of positive support on Twitter.
Fans were the least impressed with the video game Halo Infinite, released just in November 2021 – perhaps players are still making their mind up on the sixth edition in the Halo series.
As well as looking at their popularity, Green Gaming also looks into the carbon footprint of popular consoles and games to encourage more sustainable habits amongst gamers – looking at the likes of Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo.
Based on console power outputs, the most polluting consoles were revealed to be the PlayStation 3, followed by the Xbox 360 and then PlayStation 5.
As for gaming titles, when the average number of active players was taken into consideration, the three most polluting games were named as League of Legends, Fortnite and Apex Legends.
Rogier Beerends, Creative Director at MobileWins, commented on the study, saying:
“It’s interesting to delve into how the gaming habits of players impacts the world around them, particularly when it comes to average completion times, game popularity and console efficiency.
“Although it’s unlikely anyone will alter their playing habits as a result of the findings, it does prompt us to consider the impact of our online consumption on the environment, and – in turn – encourage us to take steps to lower our annual carbon footprint where we can.”
The study also looked at the environmental impact of games consoles based on their sales figures, as well as a platform’s total footprint based on a player’s average gaming time (8 and a half hours a week).
To see the full results from the Green Gaming study, please visit https://www.mobilewins.co.uk/green-gaming-carbon-footprint-of-consoles/
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