PS5 and Xbox Series X SSDs: How this tech will define next-gen games

The PS5 and Xbox Series X will use SSDs to load games much quicker

The PS5 and Xbox Series X will be defined by their SSDs. That may sound like a bold claim, but I’m not the first one to make it. Sony and Microsoft have both said the same thing, to say nothing of the hordes of fans, developers and analysts who have begun preaching the SSD gospel. With their powerful internal SSDs, the next-gen consoles will load games more rapidly than ever before, facilitating bigger levels, more detailed graphics and better frame rates.

Fair enough — but what, precisely, is an SSD, and how can it do all of these things? These high-tech hard drives have been around since the late ‘70s, but have only been a fixture in gaming machines since 2007 or so. While PC gamers have long touted the utility of SSDs, no mainstream console has ever used one before, due to prohibitive cost.

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