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The PS5 will be an astonishing “hundred times faster” than the PS4 according to Sony’s president

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The next generation of gaming isn’t so much about a massive graphical leap forward, but more a massive improvement in how we play games. And by that, I mean getting into them quicker than ever before. Load up any game in your library these days on PS4 or Xbox One, and by the time you actually get deposited inside of a sandbox you’ll have noticed that several world wars for the most precious resource on the planet (subscribers for any of a million streaming services) will have been fought.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is looking to be the console for quick gaming sessions that aren’t spent screaming at your TV screen to hurry the hell up. This isn’t just a case of slapping a solid-state drive into a PS5 and calling it a day, but rather fine-tuning that hardware  to squeeze every drop of speed possible out of it and to do so with a foundation of software architecture that would give a mathematician a boner if he ever set eyes on the numbers behind it.

So how fast is fast? Try a console that’ll be able to flex data-processing muscles that are one hundred times faster than the current PS4. That’s according to Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida during a recent presentation where he stressed how this focus was crucial to the future of the company (via GamesRadar):

In order to further enhance the sense of immersion in games, we expect to improve not just the resolution, but the speed of games. For example, through a custom‐designed high‐speed SSD, we plan to realize game data processing speeds that are approximately 100 times faster than PS4. Game load times should be much shorter, and players should be able to move through immense game worlds in almost an instant.

This all ties back to what PS5 system architect Mark Cerny had to say back in March, as he detailed how the PS5 SSD hardware will give video game studios more wiggle room to design bigger and bolder video games without having to handicap the process through disguised loading screens. Imagine a massive sandbox where you don’t spend inordinate amounts of time in elevators (Mass Effect is choking on its morning tea right about now) or you’re met with a soft barrier such as a tight gap between walls that you have to squeeze through.

“As the player is turning around, it’s possible to load textures for everything behind the player in that split second. If you figure that it takes half a second to turn, that’s 4gb of compressed data you can load. That sounds about right for next-gen,” Cerny said back then. It’s going to be a glorious new age for getting right into the thick of a game with minimal waiting times.

And the end of an era for making sammiches in the kitchen in-between loading screens.

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

26 Comments

  1. So Anthem would only take a few minutes to load on PS5?

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    • Yozzie

      May 22, 2020 at 11:41

      You mean I can play GTA5 online the same day I launch the game!?!

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      • Pariah

        May 22, 2020 at 11:57

        At least people still play GTA5 online. XD

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 22, 2020 at 12:04

      Yup, I can practice the National Anthem in that time and finally learn the first part instead of lip syncing like Justin Bieber, but better.

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  2. Krabby Paddy

    May 22, 2020 at 12:04

    Sigh, another lesson in patience is being lost …

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    • Pariah

      May 22, 2020 at 12:04

      Loading screens suck. Texture pop-ins suck. LoD mesh popins suck. That’s what this is removing from the picture, basically. Not really a patience thing, it’s more a “ok this looks awesome all the time, and my gameplay isn’t being interrupted by an annoying loading screen.

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      • Krabby Paddy

        May 22, 2020 at 12:04

        Too true. My comment was tongue in cheek.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    May 22, 2020 at 12:04

    I mean we can suspend and resume session on the PS4 already…. unless it’s online games like Destiny… then you go back to the title screen, try to log in without any server errors (Live services games amirite? Should be called limited services), select your character, watch the aeroplane fly, etc.

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    • MechMachine

      May 22, 2020 at 14:00

      Are you still playing Destiny ? Is it fun.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 22, 2020 at 14:16

        Waiting for proper broadband, then I’ll probably need to buy the last 3 DLCs to get up to date.

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        • MechMachine

          May 22, 2020 at 14:16

          Yeah, I lost interest some time ago.

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 22, 2020 at 14:24

            You need like 20 friends that constantly play this. A fully comitted squad, then it’s amazing

          • MechMachine

            May 22, 2020 at 15:55

            20 friends……Foiled right there.

          • Pariah

            May 22, 2020 at 14:44

            That’s a very important factor. I tried to get back into it when it launched on Steam, and well. Without friends it’s just average.

        • MechMachine

          May 22, 2020 at 17:10

          In my third year of Fibre. Tough times………………………….

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  4. Caveshen Rajman

    May 22, 2020 at 13:03

    I wish I could sell anything as much as Sony is trying to sell their new hard drive.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 22, 2020 at 13:08

      Have you tried beer and cigarettes?

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      • Pariah

        May 22, 2020 at 14:44

        I hear there’s good money in that these days. High risk, high reward.

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 22, 2020 at 15:01

          Not if you’re in a small town. We don’t even have curfew, or it’s not enforced anymore.

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  5. Jonah Cash

    May 22, 2020 at 13:12

    So when will I then have time to check my Twitter feed on my phone?

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  6. Morne Nell

    May 22, 2020 at 12:17

    So when am I suppose to go to the bathroom? Or get a new alcoholic refreshment

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    • MechMachine

      May 22, 2020 at 14:00

      I think you answered your own question partly. You have an empty bottle..

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  7. BradeLunner

    May 22, 2020 at 15:33

    My god, I’m currently playing AC Odyssey and the loading screens are killing me, especially with the going back and forth from past to present

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