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Loading screens are going to be a thing of the past on the PlayStation 5

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I don’t just want to play my games today, I want to play them now. Whether it be the PlayStation 4 or any of its predecessors, loading screens have been a constant spectre of the past that the newest hardware has never been able to shrug off. It’s not hard to see why, as even with the beefiest of hard drives to install games on to, said storage mediums can only read the available data on them at a speed that has been the industry standard for too long.

The solution then is to invest in the far zippier solid state drives that are on the market currently, but even with those drives having fallen in price over the years they’re still out of reach for the vast majority of gamers. Fortunately, you can swap out the PS4 hard drive for a SSD version if you just cannot handle spending precious seconds waiting for a game to begin, while both consoles allow you to plug one in as an external drive in case you don’t feel like opening your machine up.

Sony thinks that they can do better than that, and while an official look at the PlayStation 5 is many many months away, the Japanese company was more than happy to show off some of the grunt that’ll be underneath the PS5 hood when it does eventually launch. So here’s the answer to the question that you’ve been asking since you clicked on this post and read through my waffling: How long does it take to load a game on the PlayStation 5 in comparison to the PlayStation 4 Pro?

Answer: Not long at all.

That’s…wow, that’s quick. Here’s the caveat: That technology probably won’t be cheap, so expect to shell out plenty for the PS5 when it does arrive on our shores. I’d recommend that you start saving now or scouting for friends who enjoy falling asleep in seedy motel bathtubs full of ice.

Last Updated: May 21, 2019

39 Comments

  1. Well if the header is anything to go by you’ll have to give it a regular pep talk in order for it to run.

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  2. G8crasha

    May 21, 2019 at 09:29

    I pin a figure of R8000 or so for the PS5!

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    • For the Emperor!

      May 21, 2019 at 09:29

      I will wait for a God of War edition…and a special price…and choose between a new console and a week in Thailand…

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      • Original Heretic

        May 21, 2019 at 09:48

        Week in Thailand Vs years of PS goodness?
        I know where my choice would be.

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        • Pariah

          May 21, 2019 at 09:59

          Thailand. Memories for life. Or until Alzheimer’s.

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          • For the Emperor!

            May 21, 2019 at 09:59

            Especially if one goes with good friends. Or make friends there. Or both 🙂
            Or meet up with old friends you met on other travels there.

          • Pariah

            May 21, 2019 at 09:59

            I like all of those options!!!

            But one question -> what are friends?

          • For the Emperor!

            May 21, 2019 at 10:09

            Shit, was hoping you wouldn’t catch that part 😛

  3. Admiral Chief Flammenwerfer

    May 21, 2019 at 09:38

    Just slap in a 1TB NVMe drive FFS.

    TECH MOVES FORWARD

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  4. Kromas

    May 21, 2019 at 10:09

    Impressive loadtime. Almost as fast as my pc from 5 years ago. 😛

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  5. Magoo

    May 21, 2019 at 12:43

    Why did the console cross the road?

    To render the buildings on the other side.

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    May 21, 2019 at 15:09

    Very impressive indeed! It’s a beast it seems! Waiting to see what Xbox is going to offer power/price wise!

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  7. HvR

    May 21, 2019 at 11:17

    The technology isn’t even that new or expensive.

    Reason why it seems so much faster is that both the PS4 and XBONE had serious design flaws limiting the PCIe bus speeds especially when it comes to newer generation hardware.

    And by the time the next consoles launch much more data will need to transferred to make use of all the other new tech like proper 4K or VR or bigger worlds or ray tracing that the load screens of a few seconds will be back

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  8. Viper_ZA

    May 21, 2019 at 13:06

    Drop the disc drive and give us better internals please. Or well, give us the option at least 😛

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