PlayStation 5 To Include Power Saving Feature In Effort To Tackle Climate Change
It's no secret that leaving your console, or any device for that matter, on standby mode is... less than ideal for the environment. It's also no secret that a lot of gamers (myself included) are guilty of leaving their consoles on standby mode the majority of the time, even when there really is no need for that to be the case. The good news is that Sony is aware of this, and has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have an optional setting to greatly reduce the amount of energy the upcoming console uses when in standby mode.
In a blog post, PlayStation announced that it's teamed up with the United Nations as part of "Playing For The Planet", an initiative which seeks to encourage gamers to get more involved with tackling the climate crisis. Obviously, the onus shouldn't fall on the public alone, and part of the initiative involves companies like PlayStation assessing the ways in which they can reduce their own carbon footprint, hence Sony's newfound commitment to introducing sustainable new features for the PS5.
President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan wrote, "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.
PlayStation has already been working on making the PS4 more environmentally friendly in recent years via tweaks to the hardware, and by introducing new energy saving modes in updates. Mentioning the benefits already seen from power saving on the PS4, Ryan added, "for context, we estimate the carbon emissions we have avoided to date already amount to almost 16m metric tons, increasing to 29m metric tons over the course of the next 10 years (which equals the CO2 emissions for the nation of Denmark in 2017)."
The gaming community is diverse and growing at a fast pace," Ryan concluded. "There is an undeniable opportunity for leaders in the games industry to take a stand and support the UN Environment team by communicating the importance of preserving natural resources for generations to come."
Given that Sony has shifted over 100 million PS4 units worldwide, the company's commitment to taking more responsibility for its carbon footprint is good news, and should hopefully encourage others in the industry to follow suit.
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