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PlayStation 5: Sony says next console will have eco-friendly low power mode

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The next PlayStation is expected to launch towards the end of 2020

No matter the future of Fortnite and FIFA, the upcoming PlayStation console is making eco-friendly a top priority.

Sony has kept its cards close to the chest so far regarding the success of the PlayStation 4 (PS4), but has used the unlikely environment of a UN Climate Summit to reveal some details.

The Japanese tech company joined 20 other major gaming companies at Monday's meeting in New York, where it offered news of a more energy-efficient standby on its next console.

CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 20: A participant plays a video game on the PlayStation 4 video game console at the Sony Interactive Entertainment booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2018 on September 20, 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The Tokyo Game Show is held from 20 September 23, 2018. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi / Getty Images)
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Sony didn't say much about the successor of the PS4

Like the PS4, the upcoming PlayStation will allow users to suspend their gaming sessions, putting the console in a low power state, which can also download software updates and load controllers.

But while the current system uses 8.5 W in standby mode, its successor can only consume 0.5 W.

Those who buy the console at launch, which is expected by the end of 2020, will have to manually activate the power save option – but Sony will encourage them to do so.

Jim Ryan, president and chief executive of the PlayStation division, said: "If only one million users enable this feature, it will save the equivalent of the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes."

The environmentally conscious announcement was one of several made by gaming companies at the UN meeting.

Xbox maker Microsoft has said it will set a new target to reduce supply chain emissions by 30% by 2030, while Ubisoft, which has created franchises such as Assassin's Creed, will purchase materials from environmentally friendly factories.

Together, the gaming industry has agreed to a 30 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, to be achieved through improvements in power management, packaging and device recycling.

Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Program, said he was "encouraged by the commitment" shown by the industry, adding: "This shows the recognition that we must all play our part in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions and make real changes. towards sustainability ".

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