Game Patches Have Drastically Reduced Loading Time on Several PS4 Games

You can probably thank the introduction of the PS5 for these faster load times

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:

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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.

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Robert Moore
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

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