Sony Engineer Claims PS4 Eliminates Game Installations
Trust him, he’s an engineer right? Had to get that in before, you know, someone else did.
According to a senior Sony engineer, the PlayStation 4 will eliminate the need to do lengthy installs before playing a game. This is something the PS3 has been victim to over its lifespan.
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Many current generation PS3 games, and an increasing number of Xbox 360 games, require pre-installs of a number of gigabytes of game data before playing. This process can sometimes take more than twenty minutes.
According to the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, Sony’s Neil Brown recently stated to Develop attendees that the same technology which enables the upcoming PS4 to play a game while it’s still downloading from the internet will also enable the console to play any game while it’s being installed from the disc.
“A similar system also works on Blu-ray, chunks are automatically copied to the hard drive in the background,” said Brown. “This means that after the first few minutes your game can rely on having faster read speeds from the hard drive.”
Brown said that this “provides a better experience for players” because it will be “a completely background process”.
He added, “They don’t have to wait for anything to install before playing the game. The game will launch as soon as the disc has been put in the drive.”
If there’s one thing I’m sure about, it’s that mandatory inconveniences like this will be a thing of the past for next-gen. The PS4 won’t require twenty minute game installs and there won’t be loading times in games according to developers. And for the Xbox One as well, its update to Blu-ray means no more slogging through games with multiple discs. Keep the good news coming, I say.