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PlayStation 5 loads Street Fighter 5 up twice as fast PlayStation 4, but still not nearly as quickly as PC

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 12, 2020 at 2:21 p.m. PST • Comments: 36

Now that the PlayStation 5 is officially out in the wild we can start comparing and contrasting to see just how big of a step forward we're taking as we migrate into the latest console generation. What better way for us in the fighting game community to highlight such progress than to test load times for Street Fighter 5?

A Twitter user by the name of Sakaguchi_game has already done some of the heavy lifting for us as they've released a side by side video of Street Fighter 5 booting up on both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

Sony has been known for relatively slower load times than what we tend to experience on Microsoft's consoles, and Street Fighter 5 has always had a painstakingly long boot up time on the PS4. If you've been plugged into the community over the last four years, there's a decent chance you've seen or participated in jokes about all the kinds of things one can do while waiting for the game to start up.

Sakaguchi clarifies that their PS4 is the vanilla version of the console purchased on release day back in February of 2014, but also notes that they use an external SSD card for this process. Their findings reveal the PS5 to be twice as fast as its predecessor as the former takes about one minute while the latter takes a full two:

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This experiment, however, doesn't quite cover all bases here and so we decided to run a few more tests to get a more well-rounded picture. We clocked how long it took SF5 to boot up on vanilla PS4 without the use of an external SSD as well as how long it took to boot up on one of our PC rigs.

As fast as PlayStation 5's time was, it still paled in comparison to the speedy 41 seconds PC took to go from double clicking on the desktop icon to the moment you receive control in the menus. The OG PS4, however, brought up the far rear with a final time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

What do you make of this data? Was the fact that PS5 still took a good 20 seconds more than PC as surprising to you as it was to us? Feel free to share any and all reactions in the comments below.

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