Thanks to exclusive insider information over at Wired a few months ago we know that the PS5 is going to be quite the machine. If it’s good as they say it is, we’ll be able to play games that look amazing and perform well. But besides creating a great system to play on, Sony is also aiming to make it much more environmentally friendly.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, Jim Ryan, jumped on the PlayStation blog earlier today to announce that they are joining with the Playing for the Planet initiative (a group of developers, companies, etc. in the video game industry that use the video games platform to help the environment) to make the new system much more efficient in its energy use.

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.

This may not seem like a lot at first glance but once you consider that Sony has sold over 100 million PS4s it starts to add up. Think about it, a PS4 consumes about 8.5 watts of power when in rest mode. The PS5 will only consume about 0.5 watts. That’s quite impressive when you start crunching numbers.

What this means is that it will consume a lot more energy, saving on both the environment and your wallet. Nice.