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PS5 could be Sony's most eco-friendly console to date

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In an effort to work towards sustainable gaming, Sony has revealed the PS5 will be much more energy efficient than its predecessor, the PS4.

Jim Ryan, Sony president and CEO, announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog (opens in new tab) that the PS5 has a gameplay suspension feature that uses less energy than the PS4 - with Ryan estimating that the PS5's consumption can be achieved at 0.5 watts.

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"The next-generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower power consumption than PS4," Ryan wrote in the blog. "If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes."

This is part of a sustainability drive by Sony that sees the company joining other leaders in the gaming industry to "make formal commitments to contribute to the efforts of the UN Environment committee through a new partnership, the Playing for the Planet alliance". 

This drive not only sees next-generation hardware affected, but will impact the game's Sony considers bringing to its platform.

"Our commitments are not only related to hardware and operations, we are also keen to help inform people interested in sustainability goals," Ryan writes. "We have committed 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."

Vic Hood
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