Sony PlayStation 5 jump cuts to SSD for faster gaming

Sony’s next-generation PlayStation gaming console will use a solid-state drive for faster game loading and play.

The current PlayStation 4 has a hard disk drive but struggles a little with today’s bigger, more complex, higher res games – for instance Red Dead Redemption 2 is 99GB. This affects loading time and the speed of play – often there are notable waits as game characters jump from one gamespace to another.

In a Wired interview Sony lead system architect Mark Cerny said the next PlayStation – PS5 presumably – will have an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU, a custom Radeon Navi GPU supporting ray tracing and 8K graphics, a custom 3D Audio chip, and a server-class SSD.

A demo has a so-called interstitial jump in SpiderMan that takes 15 seconds on a PS4 and 0.8 seconds on the PS5 demo system. This suggests an NVMe SSD is used.

Rumours suggest it could be a 2TB SSD.

The PS5 is expected to debut in 2020.