We have an unremarkable Internet connection, but there’s no denying that the PlayStation 5 downloads games quicker than our PlayStation 4 could ever manage. We’ve been frequently surprised by the speed at which titles have downloaded on our next-gen system, so we decided to put it to the test. We’re using a very basic connection, and both of our consoles are connected wirelessly.
We set Planet Coaster: Console Edition, which is 18.96GB in size, to download on our PS5 and were able to play in approximately 21 minutes. The exact same test on our PS4 Pro: around 44 minutes. Now it’s worth noting that our connection speed does tend to fluctuate during peak hours, and your mileage will definitely vary depending on your ISP as well, but there’s no doubt the next-gen system downloads data quicker.
In fact, we scoured other reviews to try and figure out if it’s just us, and US Gamer noted that on its lightning fast Verizon FIOS Internet it was able to pull Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise in 7 minutes on the PS5 compared to 58 minutes on the PS4 Pro. None of this is scientific, empiric evidence – but the signs are that Sony’s new console is faster.
That’s not a huge surprise, we suppose – it’s got the latest Wi-Fi receiver inside it, and data should write to the SSD quicker than the stock HDD in the various PS4 models. It’s something we’ve consistently been surprised by, however, as we’d grown accustomed to the slower speeds of Sony’s previous console.