Xbox 360 vs. PS3 vs. Wii vs. PC Power Consumption Report has an interesting article on-line today that details the power consumption characteristics of today's top three new consoles while playing back video and playing games. And for the sake of comparison they also built a mid-range gaming PC to see how it stacked up.

"Today's video game console war is taking an interesting twist, as we fire up our trusty power meter to look at power consumption levels of the 3 newest video game consoles. We tested power consumption during video game play, DVD playback, HD video, standby mode, and other console functions. We also added in a PC and a dedicated DVD player to make things interesting. The results may surprize you!"

The disparity between the Wii and other consoles is amazing.  And how about that PC?  Looks like the XBox 360 and PS3 consume quite a bit of power.