Sony Promises To Fight Global Warming As The PS5 Will Use Less Energy

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Gaming, News, World
Published 30.09.19
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The PlayStation 5 will be better for the environment than previous models, using less energy to run.

I’ve got the be honest; I mostly don’t touch my PS4 unless I have a friend round or I’ve just bought a new game that requires all of my attention.

The latter is quite uncommon for me, with the last example being Marvel’s Spider-Man, but like I say, sometimes I do drag the ol’ console out and play until my eyes sting.

When that happens, often I’ll eventually be forced into taking time time off, I’ll let my PS4 go into standby mode and eventually, just forget about it. That is until I’m in bed later than night and I can hear the fan working overtime for literally no reason???

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The thing is, I’m not going to get up, turn the TV on then turn the PlayStation on just so I can wait a minute for it all to load so I can it off properly, am I? I’m tired and who’s got the time? It’s either staying on or being turned off at the mains, which may corrupt some files.

I hate that noise and how it for some reason needs to use stupid amounts of energy even when it’s not doing anything.

Well apparently all of that exposition could be a thing of the past, as Sony have promised that the PlayStation 5 will use less energy than previous models, hopefully meaning the fan will shut the fuck up.

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Not much is known about the upcoming model, but Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, blogged about ‘formal commitments’ to the ‘Playing for the Planet’ alliance. He wrote:

At SIE, we have made substantial commitments and efforts to reduce the power consumption of the PS4 by utilizing efficient technologies such as System-on-a-Chip architecture integrating a high-performance graphics processor, die shrink, power scaling, as well as energy saving modes such as Suspend-to-RAM.

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.

We are committed to informing consumers of energy-efficient console set-up and use. Our commitments are not only related to hardware and operations, we are also keen to help inform people interested in sustainability goals.

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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.

The world is saved.

In all seriousness though, every little does really help, and it’s good to see massive companies take a genuine interest in the greater good for once, even if it is something arguably small like this.

When will the PlayStation 5 be out?

In May of last year, Sony’s CEO confirmed that the much loved PS4 has entered the final stage of its lifecycle, meaning the planning for the PlayStation 5 is in full swing.

Sony said that the next three years would be spent on the next step, putting the PS5 release date sometime in 2020; probably at the tail end if they want those Christmas sales.

Will the PlayStation 5 have backwards compatibility?

If rumours are to be believed, then yes it effing well will.

A patent was leaked to the public that involved technology that would allow PlayStation 5 users to play games from previous models.

However, there’s speculation that this will only include PlayStation 4 games, as 1, 2 and 3’s popular attractions are available on PlayStation home, which Sony want to keep alive.

What does the PlayStation 5 look like?

Well this is just speculation and while all signs do point to PS5, this unit could be anything.

The middle of the console appears to be in the V-shape, perhaps as a reference to the Roman Numeral for five. It has a number of what look like USB ports on the front and a disk slot.

There’s also huge vents on the sides and honestly, it looks like 90s tech. I’m not a fan currently, but they may be able to win me back with some PlayStation 1 nostalgia if they lean into that.

I also drew up a few concepts…

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Much better.

Images via Sony, VR4Player.fr

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