Details on the PS5 remain scarce, though we did get an interesting tidbit of information from Sony CEO, Jim Ryan. In statements made via a post to the PlayStation Blog, Ryan notes that the company plans to make the PS5 more energy efficient than its predecessor, the PS4.
PS5 will consume less power in rest mode
Addressing some of the changes made towards sustainability that gamers can expect to see in the PS5, Ryan wrote in the PlayStation Blog that the PS5 will consume less power when in rest mode than the PS4. For those who rarely use the feature, rest mode pauses what you’re doing in the event you need to do something like go out and grab food. It gives you an alternative beyond saving and shutting down the PS4 entirely.
Early estimates on how much power the PS5 will save in comparison to the PS4 are impressive. According to Ryan, the PS5 will save energy equivalent to the average electricity use of over 1,000 U.S. homes.
“The next generation PlayStation console will include the possibility to suspend gameplay with much lower 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.”
Not only is this sort of optimization great for the environment by wasting less electricity when in rest mode, it’s also great for the consumer as well. While the blog didn’t touch on other optimizations such as energy consumption when in active use, we imagine Sony is looking to make sustainability improvements across the board.
For more on the PS5, be sure to check out some of our previous features including how the PlayStation 5 will deal with backwards compatibility, and the strange PS5 design images uncovered in a Brazil patent.