PS5 Loading Times Don’t Seem to Suffer Even with the Slowest Compatible Gen 4 M.2 SSDs

Ever since the PlayStation 4 debuted, Sony has been touting the advantages of using high-speed, high performance solid state drives (SSDs). In 2018, the company even released a PlayStation SSD Accelerator drive specifically designed for the PlayStation 4. The reasoning? The company wanted to ensure loading times on the PlayStation 4 are as fast as possible. Unfortunately, many users have reported that the PS4’s drive doesn’t even use the newest, fastest M.2 NVMe drives on the market.

Sony, developer of the Playstation 4, has finally updated their official Playstation website with some stats for the purchase and launch of the Playstation 5. And while the odds aren’t in favor of this being the PS5, or simply a new Playstation 5 model, it’s still interesting to see how this will affect the PS4’s future.

We often hear from gamers who are trying to decide between the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlett, and one of the most common questions is about storage speeds. Since Sony’s internal SSDs have gotten much faster, the slowest of those drives should be fast enough for the PlayStation 5. However, we have been wondering if the slowest of the available drives will be able to keep up with the drive speeds that Sony uses with their indie PlayStation 4 platform.

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Following the release of a beta software update that finally unlocked the next-gen console’s expansion slot last week, PlayStation 5 owners have been scrambling to secure a premium M.2 SSD, but recent tests have revealed that even cheaper SSDs that don’t quite match Sony’s 5,500 MB/s sequential read speed recommendation can provide a level of performance that’s consistent with both the internal and external drives.

The Verge found this after testing one of the cheapest PCIe Gen4 SSDs it could find, ADATA’s XPG Gammix S50 light, which has a read speed of 3,900 MB/s and a write speed of 3,200 MB/s. Despite these unimpressive specs, the XPG Gammix’s loading times were comparable to those provided by the PS5’s internal SSD with a 5,000 MB/s Rocket Sabrent Sabrent Sabrent Sabrent Sabrent Sabrent.

Surprisingly, the XPG Gammix was able to load certain games quicker than the competition, including Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Slower Gen 4 M.2 drives, according to Insomniac’s head of core technology Mike Fitzgerald, may result in 15 percent slower loading times in some areas of Rift Apart is the sequel to Ratchet and Clank., one of the company’s other next-gen games.

Loading Times for the PS5 SSD

Game Internal Solid-State Drive Sabrent Rocket Gammix S50 Lite by XPG External Hard Disk Drive
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart 14 sec 14 sec 15 sec N/A
Returnal 30 sec 30 sec 31 sec N/A
Miles Morales, Spider-Man (PS5) 19 sec 18 sec 17 sec N/A
Remake of Final Fantasy VI (PS5) 10 sec 10 sec 10 sec N/A
Remake of Final Fantasy VI (PS4) 43 sec 43 sec 43 sec 58 sec
Like a Dragon, Yakuza (PS5) 31 sec 32 sec 32 sec N/A
Like a Dragon, Yakuza (PS4) 37 sec 37 sec 35 sec 52 sec

The Verge is the source of this information.

We also tested several Gen4 M.2 drives that were underspecified and found that loading times were up to 15% slower in the game’s most SSD-intensive regions. Not bad, however if you’re buying an SSD, take an eye on the technical specifications since our game relies on high-quality storage.

July 29, 2021 — Mike Fitzgerald (@fitzymj)

Surprisingly, even the slowest compatible SSD we could locate had load speeds that were almost similar to the one included in the package. It’s a second slower sometimes, a second or two quicker other times, but it’s essentially a wash. In Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, I noticed no discernible difference between the fastest SSD and the slowest SSD in terms of playability.

The Verge is the source of this information.

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