The Playstation 5 will use much less power on standby, according to a new company blog post. It will be an optional setting which users can turn on.
It’s no surprise that the Playstation 4 uses quite a bit of power, even while on standby mode. However, this will be changing with the Playstation 5. Despite generating much sharper graphics than its predecessors, it will ultimately be more green-friendly because of its power-saving mode while on standby.
PlayStation unveiled the news in a recent post about the brand joining forces with the United Nations to ‘combat climate change.’ According to the announcement, the next generation of Playstation consoles will be able to suspend gameplay and go into sleep mode with just 0.5 W. This energy-saving standby feature is optional, however. Nonetheless, if just one million users enable it, it would be the equivalent of saving the electricity for around 1,000 U.S. homes.
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In the past, both PlayStation and the Xbox as well have been criticized for their high power consumption, even while on standby. It’s estimated that the PS4 draws 8.5W when in standby. When playing games, this can spike up to 137W. Although the energy profile for the PS4 has slowly improved due to software updates, the PS5 will allow the company an opportunity to better energy consumption from scratch. Compared to 8.5W on standby for the PS4, just 0.5W for the future PS5 is a very substantial decrease.
Considering that the PS4 sold some hundred million consoles worldwide, then even a small fraction of future PS5 users using this optional power-saving mode would have a significant impact. Hopefully, Sony clearly reminds PlayStation 5 users on their actual consoles to ensure that the majority tick it on.
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