The next-gen consoles’ real sleek feature has nothing to do with graphics at all. At least, that’s what the creator of Mortal Kombat believes.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X’s fast-loading SSD drives will be the main component that will surely push games forward. Here is what you need to know.
The Impact of Zero Load Times
Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat co-creator, and NetherRealm Studios’ creative director recently appeared on a special episode of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest. They discussed the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion. Boon talked about the importance of next-gen consoles’ fast-loading SSD drives. He said: “That’s suddenly going to open doors that just weren’t considered possible before.”
The PS5 and Xbox Series X will both arrive with custom solid-state drives (SSDs). They vary a little bit in capacity – PS5 is equipped with 825GB drive and the Series X with 1TB SSD – but both are slated to all but remove loading times from games.
In March, Xbox published a side-by-side comparison of Xbox Series X vs. Xbox One X loading times – 8 seconds on the new console and up to 1 minute on Xbox One X for the same game, State of Decay 2. Sony posted a similar demo back in 2019, showing how fast-travel in Marvel’s Spider-Man could take only a second.
But Boon isn’t the only one who praises the next-gen consoles’ performance. Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, stated that the PS5’s SSD is “far ahead of anything you can purchase on the PC” right now. He also explained how such a thing would help drive the future of PC gaming.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will both arrive this holiday, promoting advanced features such as ray tracing, advanced 3D audio, 8K resolution support, and more. The ability to load games instantly might be what makes these next-gen consoles genuinely fantastic.