PS5 was the subject of the United Nations Climate Summit as one of the platforms that will participate in the “Playing for the Planet” initiative, with the intention of making the gaming industry more sustainable. According to statements by Jim Ryan, president, and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the console will consume less power in its sleep mode than the PlayStation 4. 20 companies in the industry have also made commitments such as Microsoft, Google, Twitch, Ubisoft and Rovio. For now, the PlayStation 5 does not have a release date.

According to figures released by Jim Ryan, the option of suspending activities on the PlayStation 4 with sleep mode has prevented the emission of nearly 16 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In the next 10 years, the company expects to reach the mark of avoiding 29 million tons, equivalent to the emission of the entire nation of Denmark in 2017. He went on to say that if one million players were to use the PS5’s sleep functions, it would save them enough to support a thousand homes in the United States.

On another occasion, Sony’s CEO also commented that he considers using virtual reality experiences with PSVR to bring up climate change issues. As previously announced, the PlayStation 5 will have backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games and also with the PSVR virtual reality glasses.

Among commitments from other companies, Microsoft has committed to manufacturing 825,000 carbon-neutral Xbox One and engage players in sustainability actions with Minecraft through the “Build a Better World” initiative. Ubisoft intends to adopt environmental themes in some of its games and use materials from ecological factories.

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