Sony Interactive Entertainment's Jim Ryan shared some excellent news this weekend when he announced a new collaboration with the United Nations Environment committee called the Playing for the Planet alliance.
One of the big upsides to Sony's involvement is the company's promise to lower its carbon footprint, with Ryan promising changes that should save huge amounts of electricity as well as raise awareness among gamers (one way they're looking to do this is by using PSVR as a possible means of exploring the topic). Here's what the company's president and CEO had to say about their current efforts, and Sony's plans for the future:
"At SIE, we have made substantial commitments and efforts to reduce the power consumption of the PS4 by utilizing efficient technologies such as System-on-a-Chip architecture integrating a high-performance graphics processor, die shrink, power scaling, as well as energy saving modes such as Suspend-to-RAM. For context, we estimate the carbon emissions we have avoided to date already amount to almost 16 million metric tons, increasing to 29 million metric tons over the course of the next 10 years (which equals the CO2 emissions for the nation of Denmark in 2017).
"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). If just one million users enable this feature, it would save equivalent to the average electricity use of 1,000 US homes.
"From an operations point of view, we will complete a carbon footprint assessment of our gaming services and will report the energy efficiency measures we employ at our data centers. We are
committed to informing consumers of energy efficient console set-up and use."
Here's hoping that the company's rivals join this alliance and together we/they can all make a positive contribution to this initiative, although perhaps Ryan said it better:
"We believe games have the power to ignite social change through educating people, evoking emotions, and inspiring hope. We could not be more proud to be part of the Playing for the Planet Alliance and the commitments announced. We look forward to seeing what the industry can achieve together."
Good stuff, Sony.
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