If you look back at what we learned during the most recent PS5 talk, you’d see a bit about impressively fast game loading thanks to the PS5’s SSD and M2 SSD expandable memory slot. Now, Sony and PlayStation are reportedly telling developers that loading games on the PlayStation 5 should be as quick and intuitive as finding and loading a movie on Netflix (assuming you don’t browse for hours looking for a movie like I do, anyway.)
Word comes from Kotaku’s Jason Schrier on Resetera, who said that Sony wants the PS% to appeal to gamers looking to play in shorter periods of time, effectively killing off the notion that you need an hour or more of free time to enjoy your favorite games.
“They want people to feel more inclined to play in short bursts rather than only wanting to turn on the console when they have a few hours to spare”
So, was Sony inspired by Netflix’s rather consistently quick loading times? You bet they are.
“One of the pitches [Sony has] been making to developers is ‘playing a PS5 game should be as easy as Netflix.’ They want to make players feel like they can load up the game immediately and know exactly how much time a given activity is going to take them.”
All of this makes a lot of sense after Sony’s claims that you’ll be able to “jump into whatever you like.” The idea behind this is that you could load into different parts of a game seamlessly – like jumping from the 4th mission of a campaign directly into matchmaking in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer. Likewise, there would be no loading times when firing up your system from a cold shutdown. The Xbox One for example, can load your previously played game rather quickly if the system is just in sleep mode, but if you’ve actually shut the system down, you have to wait for the system to load, then you have to wait for the game to load – sometimes an annoying amount of time if we’re talking about games like GTA V, for example.
With that said, for now, you can remain somewhat optimistic that the PS5 will still launch on schedule as Sony has said that the PS5 is still on track despite the COVID-19 outbreak. And, until then, you can check out our deep dive and comparison of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5!