Sony has revealed their plans to help combat climate changes, confirming that their next generation PlayStation (what we assume will be called the PS5) will be more efficient than the PS4 when gameplay is suspended.
In a PlayStation Blog announcement, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Jim Ryan outlines some of the work they have done to reduce carbon emissions.
At SIE, we have made substantial commitments and efforts to reduce the power consumption of the PS4 by utilizing efficient technologies such as System-on-a-Chip architecture integrating a high-performance graphics processor, die shrink, power scaling, as well as energy saving modes such as Suspend-to-RAM. For context, 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).
Unsurprisingly the next generation of PlayStation (PS5) will also feature the ability to suspend gameplay and power down into rest mode, which Jim Ryan states will consume less power than the PlayStation 4 currently does.
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.
Jim closes off stating that the gaming industry has opportunities and leaders should work together to help raise awareness and educate others.
Definitely good news for many as not only will we still be able to suspend our gameplay, but it’ll be a far more efficient machine when it comes to power consumption. No doubt this will also play into many other areas outside of rest mode.
There is currently no solid release date for the next PlayStation, though we do expect to hear more about it early next year. Here’s what it look like now as a dev kit (though don’t expect it to look like that at launch).