It was just last week that a new patch for The Last of Us: Remastered on the PS4 managed to reduce the game’s loading time by a drastic and unexpected 70-percent. To put this into perspective, the game used to take around a minute and a half to load, but with the new patch, you’re playing in just 13 seconds – that’s a huge improvement indeed, but The Last of Us: Remastered, isn’t the only game to see such a big improvement.
A number of first-part Sony Exclusives have also been patched in the same style over the past few weeks, including God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Until Dawn, Dreams, Concrete Genie, and even Ghost of Tsushima. Not all games saw such a massive improvement, but God of War and Ghost of Tsushima saw crazy improvements while reports are coming in that loading times for Until Dawn are, basically, non-existent. Check that out in this video:
Right, so it appears these #PS5 B/C updates that #PS4 games are getting are even having a huge effect on load times on the current gen system.— Craig – VDZE Media 視覺 🏴🎃 (@VizualDze) October 25, 2020
Case in point: #UntilDawn on #PS4 now doesn't load at all. This tech must have been used in #GhostOfTsushima ??
Very impressive! pic.twitter.com/9myqT4mK9D
So how is this even possible? We’ve lived with mind-numbing loading times for years now and, suddenly, a simple patch can make old games launch almost immediately. As it turns out, there’s a good chance that these patches are what make the games compatible with the PlayStation 5 when it launches next month. So, you can probably thank the existence of the PS5 for these major updates. How Sony is making it possible is somewhat of a mystery, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and assume that there’s background loading happening during the opening credits and cinematics.
As it happens to be, many of the titles that have received this amazing update are part of the PlayStation Plus Collection – a bunch PS4 fan favorites that will be available on the PS5 at no cost for PS+ subscribers – something similar to what Xbox Games Pass will offer people who upgrade to the Xbox Series X.