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Xbox One Games Will Still Have Loading Screens

Gameranx: "Games will continue to have loading screens on next-gen consoles." (Xbox One)

ABeastNamedTariq  +   382d ago
Yeah, but hopefully they should be a lot shorter. A loading screen is fine as long as I get to look at something pretty, like the cars on Forza 5's loading screen.
Kayant  +   382d ago
Yh... I hope the amount of games using loading screen next-gen with reduce a lot and the hiccups you something see when you move into a new area with be gone it gets really annoying sometimes.
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redwin  +   382d ago
I really dislike the title here. This anti-Xbox sentiment is making me really hate the establishment and I'm really contemplating canceling my PS4 order. I hate bullying !
MRMagoo123  +   381d ago
@redwin

LMFAO you are "contemplating canceling my(your) PS4 order" because ppl dont like MS ? thats the funniest thing i have read all day.
Eonjay  +   381d ago
Why wouldn't there be a loading screen? I mean really. Some games will be loading Gigs of data into memory. I believe it takes 41 seconds to fill up 8GB of DDR3 memory and like 26 seconds to fill up 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Expect loading times to be about 15 seconds on average for XOne and 8 seconds on PS4
TeaRunner  +   381d ago
@redwin

Agreed! It's just a poorly constructed heading to a casual answer of a question. He replies that loading screens depends on what the game is trying to load. Obviously, any "next-gen" game may need loading screens depending on what they are trying to push.

"Games will continue to have loading screens on next-gen consoles." is the subtitle though. But that title too (for its generalization) just reeks bad journalism.
madpuppy  +   381d ago
"redwin"

cancel it, it's your right, and besides nobody really cares what you do. you have no influence on what anyone does besides yourself.

Ironically, though, you are being manipulated.

don't let the door hit you on the way out.
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PSVita  +   382d ago
Does the PS4 not have any load screens?
Kayant  +   382d ago
That's hard to say because like Albert Penello it's more of a developer/design choice than the console. With the amount of ram both consoles have I hope most open world games will be like Just cause 2 with no loading screens.
nosferatuzodd  +   382d ago
they all will have loading screen that cant be avoided no matter how technology has evolve you cant completely get rid of latency
Dlacy13g  +   382d ago
I think its also important to separate "initial boot up laoding screen" versus in game level loading screens. The later I would hope will be cut down significantly or gone (like in Dead Rising 3). But we will still get load screens in one form or another.
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Godmars290  +   382d ago
Can't see why it wont. You'll be playing the same games on it, running the same software.
ThanatosDMC  +   382d ago
Of course it will. I mean, the devs will go for the least common denominator, right?
ginsunuva  +   382d ago
Depends on the game, silly.
mewhy32  +   382d ago
I'm sure that PS4 will have some load screens but not as many as the bone. I mean DDR3 just can't keep up with the PS4 GDDR5. so to keep it going there will have to be pauses and loading screens to get the data into the slow DDR3.
MasterCornholio  +   382d ago
Yeah the PS4 still has loading screens. Heres one in this video.

To watch a stream: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

To join a game: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

It only took a few seconds but thats still a load screen.
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BitbyDeath  +   381d ago
Hard to say, the only game we've seen boot up was killzone multiplayer which had no loading screens. But that might be a game by game thing.
Red_Devilz  +   381d ago
I don't have most accurate answer to that question. But, If you've seen Sony pre-conference show at Gamescom 2013 where Shu. Yoshida was using PS4 UI, he could jump right into the game within 7sec of loading time. (From out of game to actual gameplay).

To me, this gives *some* idea how fast PS4 is going to be. May be we can get more info as launch date nears.
sinjonezp  +   381d ago
I think it will always be there. When you look at loading its not just the ram involved, its also the CPU, HDD, and disc. These systems do not have solid state drives and the time it takes for the HDD to send the data through the pipelines will still take several seconds. Not to mention if its disc based; how long will it take data to transfer from the blu ray drive. The last system to have no loading was the n64 I believe and that was cartridge based. So the most they can do is reduce the time; not completely eliminate it.
StillGray  +   382d ago
I don't mind loading screens as long as they're short.
kewlkat007  +   382d ago
We should be asking how will game devs hid loading screens...I'm sure there are some tricks...
TalonJH  +   382d ago
Mass Effect's Elevators on The Citadel was a disguised loading screen. Some other games like Uncharted loads during cutscenes.
SilentNegotiator  +   382d ago
Who thought loading screens were going away?
Jneal7  +   381d ago
Xsilver  +   382d ago
lets look at last of us and uncharted they had loadscreen when u hit start the game and u play through the whole game without loading screens after that.
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XB1_PS4  +   381d ago
That's all due to how clever ND is at hiding it. Also, the game doesn't really have "levels" per say, just a world that continuously loads around you while playing!

A game where you go from menu to level will need loading screens because it can't predict what level you'll play to preload it.
Xsilver  +   381d ago
smart am i right.
FamilyGuy  +   381d ago
Light needs to be shed here

Currently, on the PS3 there are games that pre-load the next environment when you get near them or during game cinematics and cut-scenes.

As far as in-game load screens are concerned, when traveling from one area of a game to a new area of a game you actually SHOULDN'T expect to see any load screens. The only times you should expect to see load screens on a PS4 game is during the initial start up of a game that you weren't previously playing already. This goes for exclusives specifically but you should see a faster load in multiplatform titles as well.

A large, very fast, united pool or RAM means game areas can and will be pre-loaded before you get to that point allowing for no visible load times whatsoever in some cases.

This information was talked about ever since Sony's initial console reveal back in Feb.
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Lukas_Japonicus  +   382d ago
Never minded loading screens as long as they aren't ridiculously long (Skyrim) as as long as they have something nice to look at while waiting.
FullMetalTech  +   382d ago
I think more first party games will probably have none or less. I can see 3rd party games having them since both consoles will get similar builds.
Dlacy13g  +   382d ago
Ofcourse there will still be loading screens. Even Ultra High End PC's have loading screens. Just because we are moving to next gen doesn't mean we are now able to instantly zap the game data into the consoles GPU, CPU & RAM for use. It's still gotta get loaded into the system.
CoLD FiRE  +   382d ago
But a high end PC with games installed on an SSD takes only a few seconds to load levels. Let's just hope next-gem consoles are not as painful as current-gem when it comes to loading.
Crazay  +   382d ago
Annnnd the point is what? Does anyone really get all bent out of shape over a small loading screen? If it takes 20+ seconds then I can see that but for me who cares?
Lubu  +   382d ago
The Lego City Undercover load times are atrocious.
While the Diablo 3 Console load times are extremely fast.
Hopefully next gen will be closer to diablo, than Lego City.
Crazay  +   382d ago
The Diablo 3 load times are more than acceptable in my opinion. Practically seamless
stevehyphen  +   382d ago
Yup, unless you're expecting the load screen in Diablo 3, don't expect to be able to read the little text snippets at the bottom.
The game loads so fast.

I liked how fast Shuhei got into Killzone at the Gamescom conference. Hopefully, most games will be like that.

I was wondering something about ps4. I don't know if it's been answered or not. Can the ps4 preserve a game to be instant resumed while in low power state? I would love to see this feature. It's phenomenal on Vita. I usually have Dragon's Crown open for days at a time.

Edit: It does! Sick! I must have missed that at the February reveal.
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redwin  +   382d ago
Loading is to the developer .
Ohlmay  +   382d ago
High End PC's have loading screens, why is this news?
creized1  +   382d ago
haha yeh exactly my thought. N4G sometimes...
christocolus  +   382d ago
and so?
SeraphimBlade  +   382d ago
NEWS FLASH: Next-gen consoles NOT capable of magic/time-travel
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Bundi  +   382d ago
Pre-order cancelled!!
Red  +   382d ago
lol
Fergusonxplainsall  +   382d ago
Game over bro. lol was looking forward to the 90's and bringing my PS4 to show all the PS1 kids who's boss.

Killzone Shadow fall> Tony Hawk Pro Skater.

Great things are coming child, then I'll go back to the future or what is done after they know what I know...
There was this dude who had a PS4 and kept comparing it to THPS. It was the oddest thing but he looked like me.I know, cool story bro. The end.
christian hour  +   382d ago
What?! Are you serious? I quit gaming forever :( Microsoft assured us the Cloud ran on magic and time travel, never felt so lied to in all my life :'(
Swiggins  +   382d ago
Lies, More Lies and Damned Lies!!!
Fergusonxplainsall  +   382d ago
Just be like the door opening from the old school Resident Evil games.

Since then loading can be made to also interact and not just be a barrier between the player. I don't mind loads screen.
creized1  +   382d ago
I was like 7 playing that game.. I always closed my eyes from fear!
IcicleTrepan  +   382d ago
worthless article.
True_Samurai  +   382d ago
Who else runs to the bathroom or grab a snack when the loading screen comes up?
Swiggins  +   382d ago
I fire off a few texts and get a glass of water when a game starts up, my living room is right next to the kitchen, so it only takes me a sec. lol
Bundi  +   382d ago
I used to do push ups for the duration of load screens...till a took a liking to Skyrim!!
laijka  +   382d ago
This is clearly the first article in a series..

Stay tuned for next weeks article about how "PS4 Games Will Also Still Have Loading Screens" and don't miss out on the twist ending of "PC Games Loading Screens ?"
jackanderson1985  +   382d ago
Pc games with loading screens ???!!?!?!?! Never they are the almighty that everyone is inferior too. This can't be true please gaming gods say it isn't so
Simco876  +   382d ago
Can I swap my PS4 hard drive with a SSD and not have any load screens?
Swiggins  +   382d ago
Just out of curiosity...how much would a 500GB SSD cost....does such a thing even exist?
ginsunuva  +   382d ago
Yeah of course it exists.
Probably around 300 bucks.
RevXM  +   382d ago
Yes, There might even be TB ones. I know there are some SSD PCI cards with Multiple TB storage, but those cost a fortune, but the very most high end units are also very fast... last time I checked 5-6Gigs R/W per sec atleast.

Edit:
Here.
http://www.fusionio.com/pro...
Most of these models are intended for servers and workstations though. They dont even list the price anymore. 10+TB exists lol.

OZC have pretty "affordable" PCI drives performing like 1.5GB/s R/W and pretty good Sata drives also, performing from 540MB/s R/W and up to 560MB/s, the Sata drives are up to 512 GB.
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Bundi  +   382d ago
Yikes! One could buy a console with that...or at least a Vita memory card :D
Jneal7  +   381d ago
That's not a real SSD. It's a hybrid SSD/HDD.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   381d ago
Yes it's a hybrid, but it's still 5x faster than a normal HDD ,, 6-g/s transfer speed. $137.99 which is pretty cheap, for a TB.

At least you can change out the Hard Drive of the Ps4 , unlike lesser systems
Truehellfire  +   382d ago
Yep. They average at around $400. If you can afford it, it will make everything that much better. I have 2 of them in Raid 0 on my PC and loading times are almost non-existent.
AllroundGamer  +   382d ago
developers can only hide loading screens with the use of cutscenes (which are only streaming prerendered videos, and the loading of next level is done in the background) like in many games for example Uncharted series or God of War.
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stuff  +   382d ago
GoW loaded while making you run down long passage ways and Uncharted/TLoU load on the parts where they force you to only walk.
TheFutureIsBlue  +   382d ago
Load screens that take a few seconds is ok. Skyrim(ps3) load screens are not. i better not have to deal with that shit again.
MrReeves  +   382d ago
loading screens YEEEEESSSS!!!
cant wait till November
Midgus  +   382d ago
they're gunna be sick! should make a game based on them
MrReeves  +   382d ago
ennit we could have our own customizable loading screens with all sorts of pointless kinect features and season passess allowing for a new variety of styles and themes. id buy it XD
vigilante_man  +   382d ago
It all depends on the game as to whether long load screen times are required. If it is a fast paced action game you may need that 20 seconds or so to recoup your focus.

I re-played Resistance FOM the other week and it had long loading times but that had 2 advantages:

1) It gave me a breather between levels.
2) It gave the system time to fully load the next level.

Some games it works whilst in other games it doesn't. Bottom line - if the game is great I do not care that much!
Lboogieskells  +   382d ago
Bayonetta for best loading screen.
Lucreto  +   382d ago
If there is a brief load time I will be happy.

The 30-40 second monster load screen just getting in and out of your house in Skyrim was a joke.
NarcolepZZZZZZ  +   382d ago
Why isn't the title "Games will still have loading screens on next-gen consoles" ? Its gwtting kind of annoying to come on here looking for gaming news in general (n4g) when every story is ridiculously biased and defamatory. Does thw playstation have loading screens? Yes, but we should single out the xbox so people assume it's the only one with load screens. Can't I just enjoy the console of choice without being bullied about it?
SpideySpeakz  +   382d ago
Mad bro?
NarcolepZZZZZZ  +   381d ago
No, I just don't understand why I can't come to a site about news for gamers and read news for gamers. Instead it's all anti Microsoft propaganda. I donthave a problem with PlayStation 4 or wii u. It feels like every story is just disparaging remarks about why I must be an idiot for purchasing a fun gaming console that plays shiny new games. Meanwhile your fun gaming console that also plays shiny new games isn't trash-talked into oblivion. Why can't people be allowed to purchase one thing over another without being belittled for it?
ma1asiah  +   382d ago
Only one game on the X1, claims to have no loading screens and to have a persistant streaming open world and that is Dead Rising 3.

When has MS or any other developer on the X1 stated that there would nolonger be any load screens on the X1.

I do recall them stating that you can snap between games and apps or turn the machine off etc start your game up from the exact same spot you left it at.

If PC games still have loading screens why would anyone assume that this would not be present on the X1
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XboxFun  +   381d ago
Oh no!! This plus the FCC report has solidified my decision on not purchasing a Xbox One.

MS was told repeatedly from its fans to take gaming back to the cartridge days. Did they listen? NOOOOOO!

I expect a full 180 and MS provide an expansion cartridge slot for the Xbox One.

/s ;-)
Moncole  +   381d ago
Make loading screens fun. Like in Rayman t you can get an extra heart or in Sonic Racing Transformed you have the slot machine.
PersonMan  +   381d ago
For what it's worth... The following games do not have "loading screens"

Uncharted 2
Uncharted 3
The Last of Us
Max Payne 3
Killzone 3

All of those games load the data in the background while a video cutscene is being shown to mask the fact that it's loading. That way, you never feel like you've left the game or that you're waiting around.
edonus  +   381d ago
I always felt load screens were pretty much up to the dev and thee type of game. If anything the screens will be faster. I would love to play an Elder Scrolls or Falout game with no load screens.
Dakriz  +   381d ago
I was told cartridges where faster than disk base media well well Vita and 3DS have loading so to say next Gen has loading time its a given and I accept it, even computer games witch are HDD base have them and ppl say that's where real next Gen starts and ends.

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