Playstation 5 Specifications
How fast will be the PS5?
- SSD confirmed for PS5 with higher bandwidth than anything on the market
- Spider-Man running on PS4 took 15 seconds to load after fast travel. On PS5 hardware the same task took 0.8 seconds!
- Streaming is still on the table, but details have yet to surface about Sony’s plans
Sony has been confirmed that the PS5 will come with a SSD (Solid State Drive) which will improve load times dramatically. It their demo it decreased the load time by over 15 times!
In terms of storage, we are at a crossroads. On the one hand, we could continue storing our games and DLC on hard drives. On the other hand, we can stream games from the Cloud and remove the need for a traditional console, like what Google is doing with Stadia. It’s hard to say which way it’s going to go. The jump in game’s file size between the PS3 and PS4 was huge. The PS5 jump will also be huge.
It’s not uncommon for games to be as large as fifty gigabytes! This number will most likely double or even triple as graphics improve. Looking at hard drive technology, if the PS5 does indeed choose physical storage, we’re looking at 40 Terabyte hard drives and 128 Terabyte capacities for SSDs in the not so distant future. Keep in mind, a Terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes!
It seems huge, but the issue with a hard drive is limited space. Sooner or later it will run out. If the PS5 decides to take on the form of a cloud-based console, then there wouldn’t be a limit on space because games would be stored on cloud servers. Think of a cloud-based console as a service like Netflix, but for games.
Let’s not forget PlayStation Now, which is the service that Sony has been using since 2014 to test this concept. As high-speed internet continues to proliferate, it’s highly possible that PlayStation Now could be an option for people to play games on the PS5.
In this type of scenario, we wouldn’t need a big hard drive since the games would stream. Even so, it has been confirmed that the PS5 will include an SSD of some sort and will offer support for both discs and digital downloads. On top of this, though, Mark Cerny confirmed Sony still has plans for the cloud:
“we are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch”
It seems we may have multiple options when the PS5 releases.
Both the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro only have a 1TB hard drive included with purchase. This is an area where PS5 will most certainly improve by a large margin.
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