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The Last of Us Part II co-director hints that PlayStation 5 port may have no loading screens

The Last of Us Part II may not have loading screens or load times. (Image: Naughty Dog)
The Last of Us Part II may not have loading screens or load times. (Image: Naughty Dog)
A recent tweet by The Last of Us Part II co-director Kurt Margenau sparked a Twitter firestorm with a succinct tweet, asking simply, "What's a loading screen?" Speculation is running wild that this implies an upcoming PlayStation 5 title from Naughty Dog, possibly a port of The Last of Us Part II, could have no loading times.
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Ah, the loading screen. The bane of modern gaming for some, an opportunity to get another cup of tea for others. However, the PlayStation 5 may finally trash game load times. At least, that’s what gamers are hoping a short tweet from The Last of Us Part II co-director Kurt Margenau suggests.

When asked what information would be put on his games’ loading screens, Margenau replied simply, asking, “What’s a loading screen?” This set Twitter on fire, with many speculating that this implied The Last of Us Part II would be released on the PlayStation 5  in addition to the PlayStation 4. The PS5 has been shown to have insanely fast storage; a fast-travel demo of a Spider-Man game earlier this year showed just how quickly the PS5 can load new areas. That demo was able to load a completely new area in 0.83 seconds, compared to 8.1 seconds on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Admittedly, drawing that conclusion from a single pithy tweet is a bit of a stretch. However, considering The Last of Us Part II is slated for release in May 2020, just a few months before the PlayStation 5 hits the market, it’s not unreasonable to think Naughty Dog will release a PS5 port soon after the console’s launch. A highly anticipated release would substantially help the console’s early sales and may be just the thing Sony needs to continue its market dominance. 

What do you think? Will loading times go the way of the dodo, or will they continue to waste our time throughout the next console generation? Let us know in the comments.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2019-12-23 (Update: 2019-12-23)