In an official blog post, Sony has announced its commitment to make PS5 relatively more environmentally-friendly than the current generation PS4 gaming console.
Sony made this announcement in collaboration with the United Nations to make its commitment to save the environment a formal one. The company will join with the UN in playing for the Planet Alliance, an initiative to harness the power of media to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sony has included a new feature in their upcoming PS5 which will suspend the gameplay when the console is not in use. This optional feature, if used by 1 million players, would save equivalent electricity to power 1,000 US homes.
Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said: “We believe that careful stewardship of natural resources is of utmost importance and are aligned with the mission and objectives of UN Environment.”
PS5 Will Be More Energy Efficient Than PS4
The PS4 is also quite a power-efficient gaming console. It uses an SoC (system on chip) setup which reduces the CPU die area by integrating CPU and GPU on one chip. However, the CPU architecture of the PS4 is based on the older AMD “Jaguar” design, which in itself was less efficient. The PS4 has a low-power mode which suspends the system while keeping important background tasks like game downloads and system update running.
On the other hand, the upcoming PS5 will have a Ryzen 3000 series based SoC design combined with a Navi graphics card. The TDP desktop version of AMD Ryzen CPUs is relatively lower than the previous-gen Jaguar models, meaning they’re more efficient.
According to Sony, they have already saved around 16 million metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
Sony has also announced that the PS VR will see the launch of several new apps that will make people aware of the environment.
In the official blog post, Ryan said, “We will investigate potential PS VR applications that can raise awareness of climate issues and climate experts.”
PlayStation System Architect, Mark Cerny, revealed several important details regarding the upcoming PS5 in an interview. Since then we’ve done our own analysis on what the upcoming PlayStation will look and perform like.
Sony hasn’t revealed anything official from their side about the upcoming PS5. However, the company’s “State of Play” event will take place on 24th September 2019 and some heavy-hitting PlayStation news is expected to surface during the show.