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Sony: PS5 Will Use Lower Power Consumption Than PS4

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Sony announces a commitment to the United Nations to fight climate change, and PS5 will be more effective than PS4 in idle mode, consuming only 0.5 W of energy.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a collaboration with Playing for the Planet, an alliance to fight climate change.

As a novelty, Jim Ryan – president of SIE – has given a new detail about PS5. “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.”

The message posted on the official blog also refers to the use of efficient technologies to reduce consumption on PS4, such as the System-on-a-Chip architecture. “We estimate the carbon emissions we have avoided to date already amount to almost 16 million metric tons, increasing to 29 million metric tons over the course of the next 10 years (which equals the CO2 emissions for the nation of Denmark in 2017).”

“Our commitments are not only related to hardware and operations, we are also keen to help inform people interested in sustainability goals,” says Ryan, who comments that they have worked with climate experts to “working with the industry and climate experts to develop reference information for use by game developers that wish to include sustainability themes in games. In addition, we will investigate potential PS VR applications that can raise awareness of climate issues and climate experts.”

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