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PS5 SSD was too fast for Unreal Engine 5 reveals Epic Games


Unreal Engine 5 had to be customised for PS5 (pic: Epic Games)

Epic Games has revealed that the SSD for the PlayStation 5 was so fast they had to rewrite part of Unreal Engine 5 to take advantage of it.

The Unreal Engine 5 tech demo for the PlayStation 5 is the most substantial look so far at what the next generation consoles can offer, and developer Epic Games has not been slow to praise Sony’s hardware and in particular the superfast SSD that will drastically increase load times.

But what’s only become clear now is that the SSD was so fast – faster than even high-end equivalents for the PC – that Epic had to rewrite Unreal Engine 5 to take full advantage of it.

‘The ability to stream in content at extreme speeds enables developers to create denser and more detailed environments, changing how we think about streaming content. It’s so impactful that we’ve rewritten our core I/O subsystems for Unreal Engine with the PlayStation 5 in mind,’ Epic’s Nick Penwarden told VG247.

The Xbox Series X also has a SSD but not as fast as Sony’s, so while it should work fine with Unreal Engine 5 there’s inevitably going to be claims that it works best on PlayStation 5.

There’s already considerable disagreement on which of the two consoles is more powerful, with Microsoft’s having more raw horsepower but features such as the SSD giving Sony some unique advantages.

In the end though all that will matter is what the games look like, which is down to not only the capabilities of the consoles but also the ease with which developers can take advantage of their power.

Being difficult to develop for has been the ruination of many a console in the past, although, as you’d imagine, Microsoft and Sony are claiming that theirs will be the best in that regard.

Neither has shown off anything substantial about their first party games yet though, so there’s not really anything to judge them by yet.

Microsoft’s big reveal event isn’t planned until July and while Sony’s was due to be this week it’s been postponed due to the anti-racism protests in America.

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