Is it possible to completely eliminate loading times? Sony seems to think so. Their demonstration of the potential power of their next-gen console (the PlayStation 5) resulted in the publisher being the third most-talked about during E3, despite not even holding a conference. With the capabilities of the console far exceeding previous generation consoles, the demo showed reduced loading times with their successful exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Thanks to the newly patented components of the SSD (Solid State Drive) found within the PS5, the loading time from PS4 to PS5 was reduced from 8 seconds to 0.83 seconds. Although the focus is to completely eliminate loading times, currently the publisher is focusing on those that interrupt gameplay and not those responsible for the start-up of the game. However, what was shown was the PS5’s potential. There is nothing stopping the console from reaching new heights and setting the bar for other companies to compete with.
The technology operates through an SSD together with technology that basically tracks the player’s position within the game and continuously loads a boundary according to the player’s position, hence, cutting out loading screens. Below is an overview of the patent:
“A system and method are disclosed for dynamically loading game software for smooth game play. A load boundary associated with a game environment is identified. A position of a character in the game environment is then monitored. Instructions corresponding to a next game environment are loaded into a memory when the character crosses the load boundary, such that game play is not interrupted.”
This new patent allows for “gamers” to enjoy more playtime with a seamless transition from zone to zone, causing less stress in completing their favourite game. With all the revolutionary breakthroughs recently made, it looks like 2020 is going to be the year for consoles to show us what they are made of (literally).
With the release of the PS5 set for Q3 of 2020, are you planning on purchasing this next-generation console?