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Rumour | Sony brags about the PlayStation 5's SSD making playing games as fast as opening Netflix

The PlayStation 5 will feature a custom flash controller. (Image source: Sony)
The PlayStation 5 will feature a custom flash controller. (Image source: Sony)
Excited for the PlayStation 5 later this year? Well, amid all the noise about the console's specifications, Sony is briefing developers that its SSD should make playing a game as easy as opening Netflix. Is the next-generation console's custom drive not a gimmick after all?

There has been plenty of talk about the specifications of the PlayStation 5 lately, with Sony hyping up the capabilities of the console's SSD. As we have explained previously, the drive in the PlayStation 5 is supposedly one of the console's defining features. According to Sony's recent live stream, the SSD can apparently fill the console's 16 GB of around two seconds.

While we have expressed our doubts about the capabilities of the PlayStation 5's SSD based on the technical data that Sony has released, company representatives are stressing how revolutionary the change in loading times will be.

According to Jason Schreier of Kotaku, Sony has been pitching to developers that "playing a PS5 game should be as easy as Netflix". Specifically referring to the console's OS, Schreier claims that Sony wants to imbue within people the notion that the PlayStation 5 will load games instantly.

Seemingly, the idea behind minimising load times is part of a wider aim of persuading people to game more frequently in short bursts. Ultimately, we get the impression that Sony will attempt to make gaming on the PlayStation 5 as convenient as Android and iOS have for smartphones. You can read the full quote by Schreier below.

I have heard some fascinating things about the PS5’s operating system like this - one of the pitches they’ve been making to developers is “playing a PS5 game should be as easy as Netflix.” They want to make players feel like they can load up the game immediately and know exactly how much time a given activity is going to take them. They want people to feel more inclined to play in short bursts rather than only wanting to turn on the console when they have a few hours to spare.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-26 (Update: 2020-03-26)
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