Sony reveals just how insanely fast load times may be on the next PlayStation in new video comparing to PS4

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 21, 2019 at 8:51 a.m. PDT

The next PlayStation era is on the horizon, and it appears as though we've gotten our first real-time demonstration of one of the next generation — likely PlayStation 5 — console's potentially most impactful new features from a technical standpoint.

At Sony's IR Day 2019 corporate strategy meeting presentation, the company revealed a new video today that was meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the next gen PlayStation by putting its prospective loading times side-by-side with the PlayStation 4 Pro for 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man. The results appear to speak for themselves.

Using the PS4 Pro to fast travel to a new location, Spider-Man took approximately 8.1 seconds to load the new area as opposed to 0.8 seconds on the unofficially-named PlayStation hardware.

Improved rendering speeds were also shown off by demonstrating the camera moving through New York as quickly as it could go on PS4 where some textures would pop in followed by the prototype console which was able to move even faster through the city while also not featuring any noticeable texture loading.

These advancements reportedly come from its use of solid state storage, SSD, that can read and write data faster than any traditional hard drive can when used correctly.

This demonstration appears to be the same one that PlayStation's lead system architect Mark Cerny showed to Wired back in April when the first details about the console's specifications were made public.

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Sony released a graphic slide confirming what they have and have not discussed about the next PlayStation including backwards compatibility, ray tracing and 8k resolution support.

Sony appears to be boasting speed and accessibility as some of the pillars of the next generation of gaming, as the company reportedly used the phrase "anytime, anywhere, without disconnections" likely in reference to their PlayStation Now service and recent partnership with Microsoft to work on new streaming strategies.

While the near-elimination of loading times would indeed be a nice selling point for new systems, we should also remember this is essentially a technical demo running on a game that's already out, so we'll still need to wait and see how developers are able to implement this potential in both old and new titles.

Not much else is currently known about the next PlayStation except that it won't be hitting store shelves within the next 12 months. You can take a look at the real-time Spider-Man demonstration below thanks to The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.


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Source: Sony.

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