Sony has committed to making its gaming products more environmentally friendly, and that goes for the upcoming PlayStation 5 as well as anything else they are working on.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, announced the plans as part of the Playing for the Planet initiative.
To make the PS5 more power-efficient it will use an integrated system-on-a-chip where 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 just 0.5W.
This could be impressive because if one million owners decide to take advantage of the power-saving feature, it could save an amount of electricity equivalent to the average use of 1,000 homes in the US. That is a big deal.
The company also announced it has avoided almost 16 million metric tons of carbon emissions so far via its environmental efforts, and estimates that this figure will increase to 29 million metric tones over the next 10 years. The console is more energy efficient, but Sony is also looking into the carbon footprint of its gaming services and assessing energy efficiency measures at its data centers. It’s nice to see companies being more conscious.