The PlayStation 5 is expected to consume less power in standby mode than the current generation. At least that’s what it says on the Sony. On Sunday, the 22nd, during the Climate Summit of the united nations, the company said that that it will adopt more efficient technologies to reduce energy expenditure and, consequently, the emission of carbon into the atmosphere.
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The president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, said: “I am Also very pleased to announce that the next generation of the PlayStation will include the possibility of suspending the game, with a power consumption much lower than that of the PS4 (which we estimate to be about 0.5 watt). If it’s only half a million people to turn on this feature, it will save you the equivalent of the average cost of electricity in 1,000 homes in the United States”.
It’s kind of cool, but it makes us reflect on a few points. First of all, the reduction announced that it was only in the standby mode. 0.5 watt is really very little in comparison to the current generation: in the Polygon note that the PlayStation 4 was an 8.5 watts standby, while the Xbox One came in at a decline of 15.7 watts on default settings (in the Wii-U was a more cost-effective, and with the 0.4-watt). But we still don’t know how to be energy efficient during the execution of the game.
In addition to this, the phrase, “if it’s just half a million people to turn on this feature implies that the feature will be opt-in, so we need to see whether users really will enable a power saving in the standby mode and will not work on the console.
If the power saving feature that make it work, it can really make a nice difference at the end of the day: a report from the Board of the Natural Resources Defense (NRDC) report in 2014 showed that as many as 40% of the energy consumption of the consoles of the current generation, they were in standby mode.
Since then, Sony has made changes to the PlayStation 4 in order to improve the energy efficiency of the console. The company said that by the middle of the chip, more powerful and power-saving modes, ‘ve avoided the issue by nearly 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equivalent to the emissions of CO2 from Denmark, in the fall of 2017.