Sony has shown off the loading times of the PlayStation 5 during one of its meetings in Japan, and there's a video floating around the internet of the presentation.
It should be noted that the company didn't exactly call it the PS5 but rather "Next Generation (Under Development)" in the clip, meaning the name's not exactly set in stone just yet.
PS5 Loading Times Demonstrated
Takashi Mochizuki of The Wall Street Journal uploaded the video on Twitter, and in it, Sony is seen presenting a performance comparison between the PS5 and the PlayStation 4 Pro, both of which are running Marvel's Spider-Man and loading the same scenes from the game.
Sony's official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq — Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019
As everyone can see in the clip above, the next-generation hardware can load elements in a fraction of a second — 00:00.83, to be exact. Meanwhile, the PS4 Pro took longer, clocking in at 00:08.10. It also showed how smooth the performance is on the former while zooming through the in-game city, while in the latter's case, it stuttered as it did the same thing.
Mochizuki also translated what Sony's CEO is saying in Japanese. According to him, the executive said that "PlayStation will remain as the best place to play" as Sony Interactive Entertainment will strive to keep and improve "relationships with outside developers." He also described "PlayStation's seamless future" with the phrase "anytime, anywhere, without disconnections."
Now the video quality isn't clear, as it seems to have been recorded on a smartphone. Still, the details that are worth taking away from it is obvious: The PS5 can significantly outperform the PS4 Pro.
For those who don't know, Mochizuki has a good track record when it comes to insider info in the video game industry. In other words, this is likely not a farce or anything along those lines.
Official PS5 Details
Back in April, Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the PS4, revealed in an interview with Wired that the next-generation PlayStation will have huge improvements over its predecessor across the board, one of which includes an solid-state drive upgrade with raw bandwidth that surpasses those found in SSDs that are available for the PC.
He also showed off faster loading times using Marvel's Spider-Man on a PS5 devkit then. The results of the demonstration fall pretty much in line with what the video above is showing, with the PS5 loading the game in 0.8 seconds.
Not much is known about the PS5 just yet, but Cerny has said that it'll have backward compatibility, an eight-core processor based on AMD's third-generation Ryzen, a customized Radeon Navi GPU, and 8K support. He has also suggested that the upcoming hardware won't be too expensive and that it'll be sold at a price that's going to be "appealing to gamers."
At any rate, the PS5 or whatever it's going to be called officially is shaping up to be a console that gaming fans can look forward to.