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PlayStation 5 to combat climate change with a brand new feature

Published: 11:48, 23 September 2019
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PS5 will use even less energy than PS4

Sony have announced a partnership with the United Nations to combat climate change with their upcoming console PlayStation 5. The console will have the option to suspend the gameplay and use even less energy than PlayStation 4.

Sony's next-generation gaming console PlayStation 5 will have an optional feature that will allow the users to turn down its power consumption in the standby mode. The new feature has been announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan, who wrote that the Japanese tech giant is working with the United Nations in the latest Playing For The Planet initiative. The goal of the initiative is to mobilise gamers to take part in combating climate change.

For Sony, this initiative means an effort to examine in what ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and according to the company, they are committed to finding solutions to implement these features in their new console. 

"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," Ryan wrote in the announcement.

According to a recent report , gaming is notorious for its carbon footprint and gamers emit around 12 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is the equivalent of 2.3 million cars. Sony and other gaming giants like Stadia and Xbox are committed to helping reduce the environmental impact their consoles create by tweaking the hardware and introducing power-saving modes.

Since Sony's consoles are usually some of the best selling gaming hardware, the power saving feature could have a huge impact but only if players decide to use the feature. In the end, it all comes down to consumers who would need to activate it by themselves. Sony believe that players will take part in the initiative for the greater good.

"At PlayStation, we believe games have the power to ignite social change through educating people, evoking emotions, and inspiring hope," SIE CEO wrote.

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You can read Ryan's post on the PlayStation blog .

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