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Sony: "Greener" Than Its Competition

We've often given you many different reasons to own a PlayStation 3, but there's one convincing element we may have overlooked, and we shouldn't have, considering the current administration.

"Going green" is a big deal these days - yeah, we know you tree huggers are all over the place now - and it may interest you bleeders of the heart to know that Sony is a very "green" electronics company. It was an interesting read, and it seems that according to Greenpeace's 11th Guide to Greener Electronics, Sony has performed quite well on the "Green Scale," as seen here. As their findings show, Sony products are 50% "greener" than Nintendo's and almost 40% "greener" than Microsoft. ...how they come up with these statistics, we have no idea, but they're kinda fun to read. Apparently, the reason Microsoft continues to show up in the bad red part of the meter is because they fail "to clarify how its recycled data is calculated." We have no idea what's going on with Nintendo, but it appears as if they're the worst eco-terrorists of the console manufacturing bunch and Sony is way ahead with the PS3. We really would like to see how Greenpeace arrived at these numbers, but we have a feeling it's pretty damn complicated. Erm...maybe.

So if you're one of those people who drive Piouses (sorry, Priuses) and yell at people for having too many kids or believe in the concept of "exporting love, not guns," than the PS3 is for you. You can point to it in your entertainment center and say, "see, I'm being nicer to the environment when I play my games."

4/5/2009 John Shepard

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Comments (26 posts)

Robochic
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 10:04:25 PM
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Doesn't surprise me. Now i know that with my PS3 and my TV its better on the enviroment and my hydro bill :)

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Qubex
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 10:08:16 PM
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I used to leave my PS3 on to "Fold"; I don't anymore as it really does eat power :) ...the original 60GB SKU that is!

Q!

"i am home"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 10:50:47 PM
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Wait, I'm confused. Is this saying that Sony itself is a greener company as far as how they run their business, or that Sony products do more with the juice they suck up than the competition does?

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Tatsujin
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 11:06:56 PM

The raw materials used for their products are mostly recycled plastic. Also, they do give much more for what they suck in (Look at the Ps3) But anyways, Sony has almost always been a green company. Almost... (Shall I bring up the battery problems?) but yea, Go Sony!!!

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bamf
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 11:08:37 PM
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Sony has won many green awards with their products for a few years now.

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Zemus101
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 12:00:11 AM
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that's pretty kick ass for Sony! I had no idea.

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Neurotoxiny
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 12:13:57 AM
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Another reason Sony rocks; they care about keeping people alive (remember Folding@Home? now it's Life With Playstation though...)

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Scarecrow
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 1:39:09 AM
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Oh god look at Micro$oft lol...damn

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 2:28:16 AM
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If i'm honest, i'm actually quite suprised, especially with Nintendo.

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Akuma07
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 3:08:10 AM
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Nintendo is a Japanese based company.
since when did the japanese care about the environment? =]

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Alienange
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 4:53:18 AM

Wow ... that's inappropiate.

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Luiscosmo2
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 6:36:40 AM

Sony is also a Japanese company

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 10:51:01 AM

He's not really lying anyway, the US and EU are the only ones mainly concerned with the "green" fad, Maybe Japan is on board now I dunno, but do you think China and Russia give a monkeys ass? We could all drive vespas all over and those two countries would still doom the planet.

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yak4life85
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 6:45:21 AM
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Way to go Sony I like to go green too once in a while!

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TH3G4MEMASTER
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 6:49:00 AM
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Sony is the best another reason to buy a ps3 probably the best console in existance booo microsoft!!!!!

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Robertson99
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 7:58:01 AM
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Can't say I'm that surprised...maybe at Nitendo, but what do you expect when the 360 actually MELTS! :p

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richb93
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 8:12:04 AM
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They are talking about the company and how the machines are constructed, not the power usage of the consoles themselves. In terms of the consoles themselves, I'm guessing that the Wii is most efficient with its low clocked CPU/GPU, with the XBOX coming second and PS3 third.

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Xplicit
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 8:51:20 AM
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WOW, the PS3 is the most powerful of the 3 consoles, how the hell did it get to score?

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Naga
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 9:42:28 AM
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I'm going green with Playstation just need Greener electrical products to go with this high definition masterpiece and I'm set!!!

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MadKatBebop
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 9:47:30 AM
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I had no idea!, another reason why Sony is better then Microsoft.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 10:51:27 AM
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Microsoft is sucking up all the Mako for their damn machines!

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Highlander
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 11:41:16 AM
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If I remember correctly, this report is either an update to an earlier story from 2008, or it's a recycled story from 2008 - going green at PSXExtreme?

Either way, Nintendo appears at the bottom because they didn't complete the survey. The entire score is based off the answers the companies gave on a questionnaire. Nintendo got nil point because they didn't answer.

Sony is a consumer electronics manufacturer and has to contend with legislation from all parts of the globe on recycling of their products and how they were made. So it's no surprise to see them in front of Microsoft since Sony's awareness of the issues is probably higher.

That said, Microsoft suffered not because of what they do or don't do, but how they report it. All of which makes the chart and score pretty much useless.

When in full operation the PS3 consumes the most power of the three main consoles out there, but the new auto-off features help greatly. All three consoles are pretty good in stand-by. Greens tend not to be very gadget friendly, so no matter how many times anyone tries to explain that video games are an entertainment choice, some green will always come along and complain that gaming isn't green and tell us we should turn off the console and save a tree.

Well, I should probably eat more bran, but I don't....so I think you can guess how I feel about greenies telling me to stop gaming.

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Digby
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 2:48:30 PM
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"Green" is merely a politically movement attempting to generate more government control and tax revenue. Don't believe the Hype!

Find out the facts for yourself!

None the less, good for Sony...

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dveisalive
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 3:23:00 PM
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Nintendo is the worst for it uses a compound that could suffocate you if you were to catch on fire etc...

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RadioHeader
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 5:33:16 PM
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I haven't been up to check the Ozone layer lately but I bet it's knackered, and it's all because of the plzfixme. When my first one broke there were 2500 of em reaching repair centres daily, and that's just in the UK (mine had to go to Prague - took 7 weeks).
That must be trillions of extra trucks n planes n whatnot just because of a system which should have been recalled.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 5:42:26 PM
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Come to think of it I just reported a few days ago in the forums on another Wii death.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/6/2009 5:42:38 PM

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