On the 22nd of September, 2019, The Sony PlayStation Joins Forces with the United Nations to Combat Climate Change. They announced on their blogpost regarding the PlayStation 5 consoles which consumes less power/energy. Hence, there would be lesser waste due to this PlayStation 5 console.
PlayStation 5 – Less Power, Less Waste
The upcoming PlayStation 5 will come with an even more power-efficient standby mode; than the one present on the currently sold PlayStation 4 consoles. It will result in console wasting less energy when sitting idle. Ryan has not shared any exact figures yet; but considering that the PS4 was found to be drawing as high as 8.5 Watts of power on standby; anything less than this should be an improvement.
The company also announced it has avoided almost 16 million metric tons of carbon emissions up to this point via its environmental efforts, and estimates this figure will increase to 29 million metric tones over the next 10 years. In addition its console more energy efficient, Sony is also looking into the carbon footprint of its gaming services and assessing energy efficiency measures at its data centers.
In the blog post, Ryan said:
“I am also very pleased to announce the next-generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower power consumption than PS4 (which we estimate can be achieved at around 0.5 W). If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes.”
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How is it power-efficient?
To make the PS5 more power-efficient it will use an integrated system-on-a-chip; in which the components are held on a single substrate, and it will also offer an energy-saving suspend-to-RAM mode. This allows users to suspend gameplay on their device using much less power than the previous PS4; at around 0.5W.
If one million owners decide to take advantage of this power saving feature, Sony estimates that would save an amount of electricity equivalent to the average use of 1,000 homes in the US.
Note – Even though a better power-saving mode will be available on the new console, it will continue to be an optional feature just like the PS 4. It means it will be up to a particular user whether he/she wants to make use of it. This is the reason that the actual impact of the new feature will depend on how many users will choose to use it. Nevertheless, any step in the direction of saving the climate is a big step; and we appreciate Sony for doing its bit.