A demo illustrating how Spider-Man would run on Sony’s next gen console has appeared online, showing off super-fast load times.
The first ever footage of a game running on PlayStation 5 hardware has appeared online, but it doesn’t focus on what you might think.
Instead of showing off amazing new visuals and graphical tricks it’s solely concerned with load times, with a comparison video between Marvel’s Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro and next gen hardware (Sony has still yet to use the name ‘PlayStation 5’ to describe their new console).
Loading that takes over eight seconds on the PS4 Pro takes less than one second on the PlayStation 5. Moving at high speed on the Pro causes hiccups while the game pauses to load in a new area of the map, while the PlayStation 5 continues on without any pause.
The video was filmed at a recent Sony investor meeting by Japan-based reporter Takashi Mochizuki and to be honest we’re not sure if it counts as a leak or not, as despite the typical potato cam video quality he hasn’t been shut down yet and also posted some presentation slides.
Loading times is also something PlayStation designer Mark Cerny spoke about in the Wired article last month, which is currently the only official information about Sony’s next gen console.
The specific hardware enabling the faster loading is a mixture of a super-fast SSD (solid state hard disk), increased CPU and GPU bandwidth, and more RAM.
Mochizuki also posted some Powerpoint slides that reiterate Sony’s instance that the new hardware will represent a major generational leap in power, far greater than between the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro.
Unfortunately, he didn’t post the subsequent slide that indicated the PlayStation 5’s release date and price, but it’s looking increasingly like that it’ll be out next autumn – with an official reveal probably sometime next spring.
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