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PlayStation Joins Forces with the United Nations to Combat Climate Change

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PlayStation Joins Forces with the United Nations to Combat Climate Change

“Playing for the Planet” brings together industry leaders to work towards sustainability goals.

At the UN Climate Summit, I will join leaders in the gaming industry to make formal commitments to contribute to the efforts of the UN Environment committee through a new partnership, the Playing for the Planet alliance.

We believe that careful stewardship of natural resources is of utmost importance and are aligned with the mission and objectives of UN Environment. Earlier this year, they created a new Youth and Environment Alliance and quickly realized partnering with the video game industry would help them reach their sustainable development goals.

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.

Our commitments are not only related to hardware and operations, we are also keen to help inform people interested in sustainability goals. We have committed to working with the industry and climate experts to develop reference information for use by game developers that wish to include sustainability themes in games. In addition, we will investigate potential PS VR applications that can raise awareness of climate issues and climate experts.

The gaming community is diverse and growing at a fast pace. There is an undeniable opportunity for leaders in the games industry to take a stand and support the UN Environment team by communicating the importance of preserving natural resources for generations to come. At PlayStation, 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.

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  • black_elctro

    great work guys

    • commander45021

      ps4 folks are smart people , they need to listen to the real smart scientists who now the facts not the hype..

    • ZoidbergTheKing

      This is beyond ignorant. Like the LGBTQ, Climate activist are pushing their agenda on gamers. The number one impact on the ocean and climate is China, so why not STOP making you’re systems in country’s that just don’t care.
      Also, what’s the percentage for how much humans are impacting the environment versus if we weren’t here? I’m 100% for conserving the environment but there’s no way that Bill Nye prediction of us having ONLY 12 years is true. It’s a load of BS that’s REgressive, not progressive and everyone who hops on this bandwagon is probably going to get sponsored and now has the invulnerability of being a actavist and can’t be criticized lol. If y’all are serious about climate change then cancel you’re electric, stop farting, don’t eat meat and don’t breath because that allllll produces Co2. I’m not woke enough for this I guess, new age propaganda anyone?

  • Jagerbomber9

    I still always turn off my PS4 rather than have it go to Standby, btw.

    • ‍♂️

    • Me too!! Do the same thing with my computer.

    • Why in the world would you do that? Rest mode allows the games and the system itself to be updated before you turn it on next. You can also keep your controllers charging in rest mode as well.

      Massive waste to not be using it. It’s nice that they’re improving power consumption but it’s already a non issue as it is.

  • WarriorOfLightRB

    Awesome. Now to just make that option mandatory.

  • Thats nice but what about the carbon footprint of your operations and data centres? Google operations are 100% renewable, Apples operations and data centres are 100% renewable, Microsofts operations have been carbon neutral since 2012. SIE should be doing more than committing to an assessment

    • Once they complete their assessment, they will be able to make plans and set goals to reduce their carbon footprint.

      They may be late to this important initiative in those areas, but at least they are moving in the right direction on it now.

  • flinflanfloon

    This is a very radical move for PlayStation! I had no idea that these issues were even a concern for the biggest and best company of electronics that there is! It’s really amazing and inspiring that PlayStation would help out with these problems and believe me when I say that I’m PROUD to have a PlayStation in my home! PlayStation has fulfilled the fantasy side of life that we all experience as we get deep into our games and now you’re converting that fantasy satisfaction into real life! Keep doing what y’all do best cause it’s hard to imagine life without PlayStation and now the entire world can see how much we really need it! Thank you and I look forward to seeing what’s next!

  • Tenma_Metsuki

    And what are you going to do about all the plastic packaging that goes into every single physical copy game? We cannot be plastic free so long we’re gamers and that’s wrong.

    • You can easily be plastic free by going digital. Yes, you pay a bit more on average (or wait for a sale), but you can.

      (Except for the plastic that is in the console itself and the controllers)

    • Cimmerian_angel

      The planet faces a issue with single use plastic used in most food, medicine and perishables.

      These items should be made from bio degradable or not use plastics at all

      Items created of plastic or materials designed for permanence and not design to be discarded, due to value etc (books , films , movies ) etc are lifetime products and contribute a Tiny tiny portion to the issue.

      Physical games will be resold and passed along like books and films. As long as there is a value assigned to them they are of value.

      Mass server farms which you get your digital games from do not burn green, they produce countless toxins in the production of Energy all so you can have a non long lasting game file on a system that will fail eventually and should it fail all the energy used for your fleeting purchases would be of a single use.

      The issue here is the world needs better energy sources, clean cars and transport, sorting the issues with the meat industry.

      There are far more discarded sd cards , hard drives and tech parts every day than any form of physical entertainment.

      So why always go after products with permanent value etc … because it’s easy

    • Cimmerian_angel

      A better example would
      Be say for PlayStation to stop wrapping games in cellophane which would save 200 million games per year being covered in a single use plastic , use card for game cases like the old days or use recycled plastic in the making of the cases.

      Levi’s recently started using recycled bottles to make its chinos for example

      Why not use recycled bottles to make the game cases

    • @Cimmerian_angel

      Of course it’s a tiny portion of all environmental issues, but you’re talking as if a data center is worse than a physical game, but I disagree there.

      On PS4, all games (physical or digital) are stored on your PS4 HDD (no extra hardware required for digital usage). Either they’re downloaded or they’re copied from disc. After that initial install, no extra server communication is done for digital games. The download of a single game (be it 5 GB or 50 GB) is peanuts for a datacenter and that process (end to end) can be made CO2 neutral if the datacenter is powered by reusable energy. Downloading on your PS4 side can be done in the background while playing another game, also costing barely any extra energy, also possibly using reusable energy.

      Finally, a single server side copy of the game can be downloaded millions of times. Not much digital space is needed, although of course you do need the infrastructure for it, but that can be used for other digital purposes as well, not just games.

      Now compare that to a physical game, which requires:
      – The game disc (production, resource gathering)
      – The case (production, resource gathering)
      – The wrapping plastic (production, resource gathering)
      – Shipping to a warehouse (ship or truck, oil usage, emissions)
      – The space for the warehouse itself (is offset by a server park)
      – Shipping to stores or to a home (truck or van, oil usage, emissions)
      – Optionally collecting the game in store (maybe by car).

      Even reselling a game can result in people collecting the game by car or sending it by mail to the other side of the country. Yes, you’re reusing the game resources and that’s great, but I’d argue that downloading the game by that other person is much more energy efficient.

      Lastly, you’re talking about games being lifetime products, but I do wonder where all of the millions of copies of the yearly releases of Madden / FIFA / NBA / COD copies end up after the next installment is released. A lot of those will end up in the trash I’m sure. Only a small portion of games will remain valuable after a couple of years.

      Of all the small things to change in a (gamer’s) life for the environment, going digital does have a lot of benefits imo.

  • Force-edge-88

    And what about stop producing your consoles in China?
    Where are there zero emission controls?

    • The country with the most emissions is actually the US. And considering China’s switch to EV instead of oil I think their controls are improving.

    • China has risen in emissions to be a lot more than US.
      China is the largest producer of goods and generally lacks environmental regulations.

    • ZoidbergTheKing

      China is THE number one producer of Co2. With twice as much as the US.

  • ShadowhunterrX

    Wow Sony you guys are really saving the planet. You know what saves more energy ? Turning your PS4/5 off and pull the plug,

  • mrdevilstoyou

    Let’s face it, we all love playing video games or we wouldn’t be posting on this site. 0.5w savings would have about a 0.00000001% effect on the climate. Our hobby is a dirty one. We consume a lot more power between our handhelds, consoles and other devices just to enjoy gaming. We can be doing much worse. I say, if this is our thing, then more power to us. I want the PS5 to be so powerful, my eyes bleed and i get transported to a place of wonder and excitement. Maybe through that experience, I find a more conscious way to do my part in other aspects of my life that would have a far greater impact for the planet as a whole. But if we continue to pound this idea that we have to handicap every aspect of our lives to save a planet that has been around for hundreds of millions of years and will continue to be into the future, then we will create generations of people who will resent every company that does this to them. The planet will be around, but Sony may just fade away while some kill a$$ company will be making awesome games and hardware that will blow us away. Stay focused on what is important Sony!

    • They’re the last ones to go green. And it’s better to be ahead of the curve and get good PR before regulators force you to change.

  • Natetendo83

    Unless you plan on doing something about most of Asia and India then this is pointless. Most first world nations have reduced their carbon footprint dramatically and people are still losing their minds. At this point if you think climate change really is this big doomsday scenario that people say it is then focus on Asia and India with helping them clean things up.

    This is, of course, assuming you’ve fallen for the idea that the world will be beyond repair if we don’t stop what we’re doing. As somebody who has survived over 40 doomsday predictions from climate scientists, you’ll have to forgive my skepticism. I’m all for taking care of the planet, but stuff like this is way too preachy.

    • “Unless you plan on doing something about most of Asia and India then this is pointless. Most first world nations have reduced their carbon footprint dramatically and people are still losing their minds. At this point if you think climate change really is this big doomsday scenario that people say it is then focus on Asia and India with helping them clean things up.”

      Three things where you’re wrong here:

      1. The carbon footprint of a company the size of China or India is (understandably) larger than that of many western countries, but a lot more people live in those countries. The carbon footprint per person is still lower than most western countries, in some cases much lower. It’s only fair to compare figures per person, not in total imo.

      2. Asian countries’ carbon footprint only started getting close to ours recently. If we look at total carbon footprint over the past 100 years, then ‘we’ have been wasting the environment a lot more and as such I’d say our responsibility to fix it is larger as well.

      3. I don’t know how it is over where you live, but a LOT of stuff and electronics that can be purchased in stores has a ‘Made in China’ label on it over here. So even though their factories produce the CO2, they do it so we can consume it. We are the direct cause of quite a share of their carbon footprint.

  • Climate change is a hoax, and it’s a riot when providers of luxury services go on virtue signalling campaigns. “The planet is dying. So, when you buy your mass-produced, petroleum-based, coal-powered entertainment devices, choose ours!”

    That being said, I appreciate the reduced power consumption. The few cents saved every month will add up to a tank of diesel for my fishing boat!

  • What a vague term… climate change. Yes, the climate changes over time. What about it?

    Instances like a polar reversal and/or the tectonic plates shifting violently can have an effect, such as the 2011 Japan earthquake; it shifted the Earth’s axis and increased its rotational speed.

    Only Democrats would think that they could control the weather. Stop making excuses for reasons to control our lives or how we should live them. Electing and throwing money at politicians is a Democrat liberal leftist way of thinking.

    Simple explanation is: You think too highly of yourselves. Get over yourselves.

    • Imagine getting this mad over companies trying to reduce their power consumption.

    • gilgamesh21

      Excellent post Sanji909! It isn’t just Democrats though, corrupt Earth worship and the wish to tax and control populations exists across all boundries, unfortunately.

    • Totally fine with companies reducing power consumption within their products. That’s an obvious consumer friendly approach. It’s the facade that it’s for the planet. It just reeks of BS.

  • Good on the planet and good on lower electricity bills good stuff.
    Just make sure PS5 isn’t as loud as all PS4 models do after an year then it’s perfect.

  • I really hope State of Play announces Remote Play for all Android devices. Makes no sense to lock it down to only Sony devices, when it’s available for Apple iPhones.

  • princegroove

    Thanks for doing your part to preserve our beautiful planet.

    PlayStation!

  • gilgamesh21

    Everyone should watch “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. Real science from real scientists. Also, it’s funny how no one reports how a pro-climate change scientist recently lost his case, in a court in British Columbia Canada, for his lies and bad science.

  • And the pandering grand standing begins, world needs Jesus, not the worship of “mother nature”.

    • NEXUSPRIME007

      Nail on the head. It’s all backwards in this reality.

    • ZoidbergTheKing

      YES. Jesus will be back before anything goes crazy with the climate, that’s what y’all should be worried about.

  • XxSTORM_FRONTxX

    If only the Dinosaurs would of thought of this first.

  • Great, but what are you doing to prevent acid rain, that’s supposed to wipe us out 20 years ago- thats still coming right?
    and killer bees, how we stopping them

  • Nice idea but we still need other improvements.

    Less space taken up by games on the hdd

    Make digital games cheaper than physical i would definantly buy all games digital if a discount was given.

  • JayBizzle311

    Absolutely awesome! Glad to see Sony/PlayStation fight for change to keep our planet alive. Keep up the solid work!! Look forward to the State of Play tomorrow and the future of PlayStation. Great days ahead!

  • hahahahahahahahaha

  • this is beyond cringey…. and yet another sign of Sony getting political since they moved to California. First the needless censorship of japanese games due to ‘metoo’ and now this.

    So glad i got a Nintendo Switch.

  • Bought into the false hype. Congrats. So if you players are really worried about this you will just turn off your PS4 and other gaming devices, or better yet forget about energy, just turn off all power to your living space and don’t use anything that uses energy. Be sure to oppose all scientific debate that says climate change is just a political ploy for control and not a real issue.

  • Snake_On_Bagels

    great job sony i hope you win the console wars next generation just like this one!

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