We are starting to witness some of the examples why Sony’s PS4 console will truly be a next-generation era of gaming. A lot of excited fans are still talking about the 8GB of DDR5 RAM capabilities, but system architect Mark Cerny has now revealed some details on how next-generation gaming on PS4 will aim to make the most of minimal gaming time.
For those that didn’t understand it from Sony’s initial PS4 event in February, the PS4 system will debut with a new feature which will allow you to play games whilst they are downloading – a feature which Cerny has now confirmed as Sony PlayGo. PlayGo makes use of the new PC-based x86 architecture to cleverly detect a game that you are downloading, and allow the user to start gameplay whilst the system then carries on downloading the game to the PS4 hard drive.
This is obviously fantastic news for those that plan to comprise most of their PS4 experience on digital game downloads. It means that if you are facing a long 4GB download, Sony’s new PlayGo system will allow you to download only a portion of that 4GB download before you can start playing.
It also means that we may not have to endure long patch installs before playing as well, which most of you will know too well if you own a copy of Battlefield 3. Sony now has a secondary chip inside the PS4 which will handle these specific patches, as well as handle system updates as well.
One potential issue of Sony’s PlayGo system however, is the potential mandatory need to install all games to the hard drive – something which hasn’t been 100% confirmed as necessary yet. Many gamers would like to play all their games straight off the Blu-Ray disc, but Cerny has said that once a game has been installed on the PS4 hard drive, you will experience ‘dramatically quicker loading times’, as well as ‘some truly high-speed streaming’ capabilities.
Either way, if the PS4 is going to find a solution to those painfully long download and patch times seen on PS3, consider us very impressed indeed. Hopefully we will see a direct demonstration of this from Cerny at E3 2013, to really get a better idea of how it all works.
Are you worried about installing everything to the PS4 HDD, or does the new hardware make you care-free now?