New Video Shows The PS5’s Faster Load Times

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PS5's Faster Load Times

Sony has given some new details on its next-generation console the PS5. As part of Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting today, the company presented at a high level what it wishes to accomplish in the future across its different business units, including PlayStation.

The two keywords for PlayStation going forward are “immersive” and “seamless,” Sony said. The hardware, Sony said its next-generation console, the PlayStation 5, will offer an “immersive experience created by dramatically increased graphics rendering speeds.”

This will be made possible through the “employment of further improved computational power and a customized ultra-fast, broadband SSD,” Sony said.

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The PlayStation 5 will offer experiences that “greatly exceed” what is possible on PS4 and PS4 Pro. Sony said people can expect “completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences” on the PS5.

PlayStation system architect Mark Cerny talked about for the PS5 and how it will use the solid-state drives to reduce loading screen times.

Cerny pointed out that the fast travel loading screen in Spider-Man on PS4took roughly 15 seconds on a PS4 Pro, but less than one second on a dev kit for the PS5. Given that the new hardware will be backwards compatible with older games, that means your load times will likely be reduced across the board when you upgrade. Check out the video below from The Wall Street Journal report Takashi Mochizuki who is attending the Sony event today to see the faster load times in action.

Cerny also talked about how the PS5 will also give faster rendering, which means more environmental objects and textures will populate at a faster rate. In the presentation today, Sony said the PS5 will offer “many new features” beyond these advancements to loading and rendering, though none were mentioned.

Sony also said it expects the PS4 to reach sales of 100 million units by the end of the 2019 calendar year. PS4 sales stand at 96.8 million systems right now. PlayStation Network has 94 million monthly active users, the company said.

Sony management talked about how streaming will play a big role in the PlayStation brand going forward. The PS5 will support Remote Play functionality, Sony confirmed, while management also said it’s looking to its new deal with Microsoft for cloud-gaming solutions to play a role in the company’s future success in that area. Sony of course already operates the PlayStation Now streaming service (which has 700,000 subscribers by Sony’s latest count), but it appears the company has bigger and bolder plans in the future.

Sony will not be coming to the E3 2019 next month, so the company probably won’t be announcing the PlayStation 5 there. The PlayStation 5 will have an “appealing” price point given its specs, according to Cerny, but there is no news about how much it will cost.

As for the release date of the PlayStation 5, Sony has said it will not release in the next fiscal year, which means it won’t launch April 2020.


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