What is PS5's SSD and how will it improve loading times? Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will make use of an SSD, or Solid-State Drive, which will help with things like load times. But what does this actually mean? How does it make the PS5 more powerful? We're going to attempt to answer these questions in this guide.
What Is PS5's SSD?
As of right now, we don't know the specifics of the PS5's SSD, just that it has one. Solid-state drives are storage devices just like hard drives (HDD), but the key difference, at least in terms of gaming, is that they generally offer better performance. Because of how they're designed, SSDs are able to access data more quickly than HDDs. This leads to quicker load times and improved technical performance.
However, because of their inherent strengths when it comes to reading data, and because of how they're put together, SSDs tend to be more expensive than HDDs. This is one of the main reasons why consoles like the PS4 haven't featured SSDs out of the box.
Putting an SSD in the PS5 may drive the price of the console up, but again, we don't know the details yet. The PS5's SSD could be custom built -- designed specifically for the PS5 by Sony and its partners. If that's the case, it could be cheaper than existing SSDs, but this may also mean that it won't be easy to swap out or replace, unlike the PS4's HDD.
Various rumours say that the PS5 will actually utilise both an SSD and an HDD. The former will primarily be used to run games, while the latter will act as the system's storage device. This dual approach is something that's already possible with PCs. Again, though, this information is only rumoured right now -- we won't know for sure until Sony details the PS5 officially.
Anyway, the bottom line is that with an SSD, games should run better than ever on PS5. Sony has already demonstrated decreased load times with a Marvel's Spider-Man demo, which shows the game running on a PS4 Pro, and then next-gen hardware. Load times were cut from 8 seconds to less than 1 second.
Will PS5's SSD Make PS4 Games Run Better?
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible, meaning that it'll be able to run PS4 games. But because of the PS5's increased power, does that mean PS4 games will run better on the next-gen console? The short answer is yes, they should.
And the PS5's SSD will help with this. As mentioned above, SSDs read data faster than HDDs, meaning that games can perform better. Naturally, this should apply to PS4 games as well as PS5 games.
It's worth pointing out that you can already replace your PS4's HDD with an SSD. Although other hardware limitations stop games from running significantly better, many PS4 games do enjoy boosts in performance when running off an SSD rather than an HDD -- decreased loading times often being the most notable improvement. If the PS4 can do it, the PS5 shouldn't be any different.