The PlayStation 5 is going to be a fair amount greener than the PS4, according to Sony's Jim Ryan. In a recent PlayStation Blog post, which details how the company is combating climate change, Ryan speaks briefly about the next-gen machine, stating that at least one feature will be far more efficient than the current-gen console.
"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)," Ryan states. "If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes."
For comparison, a PS4 in Rest Mode uses about 10 W, or watts. If Sony can really bring the PS5's power consumption down to just five per cent of PS4's when suspended, that would be a huge reduction in wasted energy. Hopefully this will also mean the PS5 will consume less power in general, but we'll have to wait and see for that. Still, this is a good sign, and it's nice to know the next-gen console will include the ability to suspend gameplay.