Mike Fitzgerald, Director of Core Technology at Insomniac Games, talks about testing Rift Apart using the ‘recommend specs’ and how it’s treating one of SIE’s top studios.
Good news. “The Gen4 drives we tried that met the recommended specs gave results almost indistinguishable from the internal SSD. The rest of the I/O path still in use (hardware Kraken decompression, etc.) is definitely pulling its weight in delivering the crazy loading moments in Rift Apart.”
just gotta be sure you are using those (Gen4), they said using older drives meant upwards of 15% slower loading sequences.
I think with 'those' they mean the ones like 980 pro and sn850. The first generation pcie 4.0 drives reached speeds of around 4.5GB/s
@Neonridr He said there are some Gen 4 drives that are below spec. So Gen 4 is no guarantee of PS5 internal SSD equivalent speed! You have to make sure you go for a fast SSD. The quote "We tried some below-spec Gen4 M.2 drives as well and saw up to 15% slower loading in the most SSD-stressing areas of the game."
I'm glad they gave people the option to use the older drives but I think its irrelevant when you can actually get a gen 4 for pretty cheap. So I found a compatible 1TB NVME drive and double sided heatsink for for $209 total before tax. https://www.amazon.com/gp/p... https://www.amazon.com/gp/p... Drive is 7000 MB/s (read) and 5300 MB/s (write) This is awesome.
@Eonjay Why would upgrade to only a 1TB? wouldnt be more efficient in terms of cost and long term to upgrade to something like 2TB or even 4TB? Just curious.
@kayoss With other brands perhaps but look at their pricing structures for different sizes. It's backwards to me even though overall the one and two TB models are cheaper than other brands. The jump in price by Dublin the capacity more than doubles the price charged.
@kayoss And also, keep in mind that this is a 1TB increase, not a replacement, so the total storage size will be something like 1.8TB (maybe something like 1.3 - 1.4TB usable after PS5 software and drive size adjustment).
@kayoss - this additional drive works in tandem with the internal. So you'd get both.
I don't think I'd be using the added drive to play games off anyway, just in case. I'd use it like I use my external drive, for storage but with much better transfer speed I'd expect. It's not like I'm playing 10 games at a time.
If even Ratchet and Clank doesn't see a difference then you should be fine playing games from a 7GB/s drive.
I'm thinking about doing this as well. I wonder if it will recognize significantly slower drives. I'll be interested to see people test this out. Presumably you'd also still get better loading of PS4 games from a slower SSD than you would from an external drive.
During the install process when you turn on the ps5 it formats it and runs a speed test showing wether or not it passes the requirement. Tom Warren has a video of this process on Youtube.
It's the same for me, and should be for most sensible people. But I swear I remember some people saying they want at least 20+ games installed all the time, otherwise they could never play anything and would have to spend all their time deleting and downloading games. And lots of agrees on those comments. Some people just have a shorter attention span I guess. Most of the time I have 3-5 games installed at once.
It's true, unless your playing cod which was always a system greedy monster then I have 6 AAA titles installed and 5 Indie titles. I have the digital edition an a 1gb Internet so downloaded games is not an issue or relevant. To many people.moaning about space for no reason at all.
I'll probably be waiting another year or two before picking up a M2 for the ps5 purely because the specs should jump high enough to take advantage of better than internal drive performance by then.
They'll jump but it's kot gonna be that big of difference since the latest controllers are already saturating what pcie 4.0 is capabele of doing. They'll get cheaper since pcie 5.0 will release next year on pc.
Price needs to come right down before I even think about it. It's cost me a small fortune already 🤣🤣
Don't count on that any time soon. Prices are expected to rise this year and nothing currently is showing a change to that the next few years.
The new firecuda 530 looks to have great speeds, the best yet in fact and it's compatible with PS5 but I wonder if that is as good as internal.
Internal reaches 5.5 Gb/s uncompressed while the fire cuda reaches 7.3 Gb/s uncompressed
The specs are better but I want to see real world numbers before I buy one .
Ya but those 7 gb/s numbers are not constant. Most drives will end up reading slower.
Cant wait for these to be standard, no more slow hdd ever.
Are the higher spec m.2 SSD faster than base PS5?
they need to be since ps5's controller has to take over and manage 6levels of instruction priority
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