PS5 Will Be The 'World's Fastest Console' According To Sony
We still don't know an awful lot about the upcoming PlayStation 5 at the moment, but if a new job listing posted by Sony is anything to go by, it's apparently set to be the world's fastest console. Quite a claim for something that isn't even out yet, I'm sure you'll agree.
This report comes via a job listing for a Senior Cloud Engineering Manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment, which reveals that successful candidate will be help "to build next generation cloud infrastructure", and "will also be one of the leaders of an elite team that is super excited to launch the upcoming world's fastest console (PS5) in 2020."
Now, it's unclear whether whoever wrote this listing is already aware of the Xbox Scarlett's specs and knows for a fact that Sony's next-gen hardware will be quicker off the mark, or if they're just being overly-enthusiastic. Given that it's an official job listing for one of the biggest companies in the world, I'd hope that it's the former.
Much of the PS5 remains shrouded in mystery, but previously confirmed specs do at least go some way towards supporting the claim that it'll be the world's fastest console.
Back in April, Sony's Mark Cerny revealed in an exclusive interview with Wired that the PS5 will feature a solid-state drive (SSD), which is a lot more capable of loading data and would have a huge impact on reducing loading screens.
To demonstrate, Cerny showed a scene from Marvel's Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro and a PS5 dev kit. On the PS4, it took 15 seconds to load, while the next-gen machine had it up and running in just 0.8 seconds.
During E3 2019, Microsoft also confirmed that reduced loading times would be a key focus of the Xbox Scarlett. The company announced during its press conference that its next-gen console would boast resolution and framerates that we've "never seen before", as well as GDDR6 RAM, 120 frames per second, 8k, next gen ray tracing, drastically reduced loading times.
That's what Microsoft said anyway, but we've yet to see these loading times in action in the same way that we've at least had some kind of demo from Sony. Regardless, it's impossible for us to say which console is actually faster until we've seen both in action.
At this point, both companies are guilty of simply throwing a bunch of specs at us and not much else, and with just over a year to go until the next-gen arrives, we need to start seeing more. Soon.
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