As we know the solid-state drive of PlayStation 5 will be one of the console’s super features and going to present some astonishing speeds. Being a game-changer Sony and game developers already appreciated the component. Now, Epic has evaluated this, disclosing that drive is so fast that they had to rewrite part of Unreal Engine 5.
By using PCle 4.0, Sony reveals that its customize SSD can transfer compressed data at a maximum of 9 GB/s which is two times faster than Xbox Series X’s 4.8 GB/s. After being decompressed, it could be processed at 5.5 GB/s which is also faster two times than 2.4 GB/s that Microsoft’s console can control.
Recently, Epic exhibited the Unreal Engine 5 tech demo that was running on a PlayStation 5. During the meeting with VG247, Nick Penwarden, the VP of engineering at Epic games, described the purpose behind the use of PS5.
According to Penwarden, the PlayStation 5 give great progress in both computing and graphics performance, but its storage architecture is really exceptional too. To take full advantage of faster SSD, Epic had to rewrite parts of Unreal Engine 5, he said.
He further added,
“The faculty to stream in content at extreme speeds allowing developers to create tight and more precise environments, by changing the way we think about streaming content. It’s so amazing that we’ve rewritten our core I/O subsystems for Unreal Engine with the PlayStation 5 in mind”.
The prolonged problem with the consoles is slow loading. However, the next-generation machines changing into NVMe SSDs, in-game tricks like long elevator rides, and “squeezing through tight spaces” animations should be considered as past. The director on Mortal Kombat 11 and co-creator of Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon said users never underestimate what this means for games.
As the Unreal Engine 5 has rewrite due to PS5. Tim Sweeney, the owner of Epic tweeted the upgrade will offer advantages to all platforms.
The unreal engine 5 was optimized for ps5 thought people already knew this and that's coming from a Xbox fan but same will be said for Xbox as they both have different specs and will probably achieve different things
— Anthony (@Anthony62039545) June 3, 2020