So are you all getting tired of playing the waiting game for the Wii and PS3? They'll be here soon enough, and after November, the only waiting we'll be talking about is about load times. While it's not all that surprising to hear, the news is just beginning to circulate that the PS3 is going to have the most cumbersome load times of all the next-gen consoles.
Yes, sadly that seems to be the notorious distinction that comes from also having the most cumbersome internal hardware, technical capability, and disc-based medium. The most talked about comparison is between the PS3 and Xbox 360, and while we really don't know what the Wii will be like, it is to be assumed that there will be no problems with disc loading times there.You can detect a hint of bias from the following quote from the Microsoft employee blog Ozymandias (and by "hint of bias" I mean that it's the foundation of the entire site), but factually, it appears to be pretty accurate:
"At GDC Europe last year Sony mentioned in their presentation that the PS3 Blu-ray drive would have sustained peak transfer rates of 36 MBit/s (4.5 MB/s) at 1x speed. Since then it appears that the drive has been upgraded to a 2x drive, which would enable transfer rates of 9 MB/s. Assuming a full 50 GB Blu-ray disc, at this speed you’d need just over 90 minutes to read the entire disc through memory. Of course, you can’t fit all of that data into system memory at the same time, so you’ll either be streaming a great deal (hard even with faster optical drives) and/or caching data to the hard drive. There’s a reason the PS3 is so expensive - once Sony committed to Blu-ray as a corporate strategy, they were also forced to bundle the hard drive in every box to help mitigate slow disc data transfer rates."
It may seem like common sense to some that a system that's technologically superior to its competitors would have longer load times. Of course, I would hope that this doesn't mean that the PlayStation 5 will make you wait 30 minutes for each game load. Well, whatever, considering the power of the PS3, a little extra waiting will be okay with me.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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