Firesprite Games has touched base the SSDs being introduced in PS5 and Xbox Series X, heaping praise on the tech for allowing them to include features that would otherwise have been left on the cutting room floor due to the need for longer load times.
PS5 DualSense & SSD Praised By The Persistence Dev
Speaking with WCCFTech, game director Stuart Tilley described the SSD as being ‘massive’ for next-generation consoles, allowing them to add more content and increase load times.
I think the players are going to be the real winners here. The SSD is going to be massive to allow us to create larger worlds that load faster, to move quicker within them. It opens up possibilities for us.
The new positional sound stuff is great for like, for games, being able to like play sound effects that feel like they’re around you while you’re on the couch, it’s gonna make another big improvement. I think all the platforms have got a ton that they’re offering.
And I think it’s gonna be a big win for players as far as I can see. It just is super exciting for us to be able to make our ambitions greater, sometimes you might have to discard a feature because it might require a long load, for example. Now, in the future, that may not be a problem. That’ll very much directly allow us to make better games, I think that that’s absolutely true.
Speaking on the DualSense, he added:
We always strive to immerse the player in the world. The immersion comes through how you touch the game, and what you see of the game. Obviously the chipset improvements will help with the visuals and the audio, but control is a massive part of it. You know, being able to get a much better feel for the surface the character is walking on or the things they’re carrying in their hands or whatever.
Again, even to be able to start creating some game experiences that perhaps you’re not quite used to. It’s just great, as a game creator we wait a long time for next-gen stuff to come around, so it’s kind of like Christmas in game development land in that sense.
The PS5 is due for release in holiday 2020 alongside the Xbox Series X.