19 March 2020
Sony has announced that its next-gen gaming console, presumably called PlayStation 5, will consume less power and waste less energy than the PlayStation 4. The announcement was made by Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment via an official blog post. The move is a part of Sony's contribution to tackling climate change and as a member of the Playing for the Planet alliance.
The upcoming PlayStation 5 will come with an even more power-efficient standby mode than the one present on the currently sold PlayStation 4 consoles. It will result in console wasting less energy when sitting idle. Ryan has not shared any exact figures yet but considering that the PS4 was found to be drawing as high as 8.5 Watts of power on standby, anything less than this should be an improvement.
In the blog post, Ryan said:
"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."
It should be noted even though a better power-saving mode will be available on the new console, it will continue to be an optional feature just like the PS 4. It means it will be up to a particular user whether he/she wants to make use of it. This is the reason that the actual impact of the new feature will depend on how many users will choose to use it. Nevertheless, any step in the direction of saving the climate is a big step and we appreciate Sony for doing its bit.