Naughty Dog President Praises PlayStation 5's Incredible Loading Times
Naughty Dog President Evan Wells has been talking up the impressive loading times of the upcoming PlayStation 5 in a recent interview. According to Sony, the next-gen machine will be a much more powerful beast than its predecessor, with faster loading times being one of the first things we learned about the console.
Wells was speaking to The Verge about 25 years of PlayStation when the subject of the PS5 inevitably came up. The Naughty Dog boss claimed that one of the greatest strengths of the new system is its upgraded SSD (solid-state drive), which he believes will have a much bigger impact on next-gen games than its CPU and GPU upgrades.
"I think [the SSD] will allow us to deliver content in a way that has no friction for the players," Wells explained. "They'll never have to wait to dive back into their games."
It was back in May this year that we first started to discover a little bit more about the potential of the PS5's upgraded SSD. Sony held a brief demo in Japan, showing a scene from Marvel's Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro and PS5 dev kit. The point of the demo was to compare how quickly that same scene loaded on each piece of hardware.
The PS4 Pro loaded up the scene in just over eight seconds. The PS5 dev kit had it up and running in less than one. That's an incredible 18 times faster than the most powerful model of PlayStation currently available.
We also know that Microsoft is looking to massively cut down on loading times with its own next-gen hardware. Sharing details of the Xbox Scarlett at E3 2019, Xbox boss Phil Spencer "drastically reduced loading times" for the "most immersive" console experience of all time."
While the most immediately obvious benefit of an upgraded SSD is reduced loading times, there are other boons for developers - and by extension, gamers. IO Interactive (makers of the Hitman series) lighting artist Stefania Hernandez explained in an interview with GamesRadar that load times actually have a "big impact on what's possible for game artists".
"Faster load times give us extra room to add details like props, materials, textures, and lighting," they explained. "With less impact on performance compared to the previous-generation console."
Less loading screens, more detailed worlds, and more freedom for developers to create the worlds they want to create? The next generation of consoles is certainly shaping up to be the most exciting one yet.
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