Just as I was finishing up this article, more details surfaced about the next-gen SSD tech used in the PS5. In a recent chat with the Official PlayStation Magazine, a Sony spokesperson said: "An ultra-high-speed SSD is the key to our next generation. Our vision is to make loading screens a thing of the past, enabling creators to build new and unique gameplay experiences".
One of the last rumors on the next-gen Xbox Next consoles is that they would feature 1TB SSDs with 1TB/sec+ of bandwidth, which is a tectonic shift in storage speeds over current-gen consoles, and even most PCs. We're looking at NVMe technology here with density and speeds, where with over 1TB/sec of transfer speeds able to speed up games to new levels.
PlayStation architect Mark Cerny explained this to Wired magazine, where he demonstrated Spider-Man loading on a PS4 Pro and that it took 15 seconds after Cerny fast-traveled to a location in the city. But then he pulled out the next-gen development kit (a prototype PS5) and the same thing took just 0.8 seconds. From 15 seconds to 0.8 and that's on a dev kit... imagine what games built fore this storage, on final hardware will be like.
The SSD inside of the PlayStation 5 has more raw bandwidth than any SSD available in PCs according to Cerny, but he adds: "The raw read speed is important, but so are the details of the I/O [input-output] mechanisms and the software stack that we put on top of them. I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro -- it might be one-third faster".
Sony's new PlayStation 5 should arrive with 4K Blu-ray support out of the box, because if it's going to be an 8K-capable console (which will be done through streaming, not 8K Blu-ray support) it'll need to at least offer a 4K Blu-ray optical drive.
The PS4 shipped with a Blu-ray drive capable of only reading 1080p Blu-ray discs in a world where Sony co-developed the Blu-ray startard it's main competitor Microsoft had the 4K Blu-ray capable console with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Sony will most likely ship with a 4K-capable Blu-ray player inside of the PS5 which will quickly boost it to the top of entertainment users' wish lists.
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