The PS5 and Xbox Series X release in 2020 will bring a new feature to the world of console gaming, and that could spell bad news for PC fans.
It’s interesting to note that PlayStation and Microsoft are catching up with the latest gaming trends in 2020.
The PS4 and Xbox One are now very old hat and have probably helped keep gaming projects at lower specs.
But now it’s been confirmed that the new Xbox and PS5 will boast an SSD, a solid-state drive that will help eliminate load times.
This is something that’s been available in PC setups for years and isn’t something that’s expected to shock many.
Being able to rely on flash memory instead of HDD and its moving parts will bring Sony and Microsoft in line with the current PC trends.
SSD is a massive upgrade on the speeds of HDD and because there are less moving parts, can also last longer and come in different shapes and sizes.
None of this is bad news for PC gamers, but something else could be, at least for a short time.
A new report from PCGamesN focuses on how the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X could affect ports coming to the PC.
While consoles will move to SSD, there are still PC gamers who haven’t made the switch, and the tech hasn’t become standard.
The sheer amount of choice makes it hard to remove HDD from the landscape, and that level of choice can create headaches for developers.
Cross-platform games being developed for next-gen devices will offer SSD ports for consoles but may have to drop down in places when it comes to the PC version, due to HDD usage.
Here’s more from the PCgamesN report, highlighting what could happen when new cross-platform ports are released.
“The problem is that, despite a drop in SSD pricing, there are still a whole lot of hard drives still out there in PC land,” Dave James of PCGamesN explains.
“That means a lot of cross platform game developers will still be looking to target those spinning platters because of the broad HDD install base in PC gaming.
“And that could hold back the PC being seen as a next-gen compatible gaming platform by devs targeting the lowest common tech denominator.
“That might see us getting the sh***y end of the console port stick once again, with the PC versions being more akin to PS4 or Xbox One versions of a game rather than high-end PS5 or Series X iterations.
“We could get lucky and there’ll be SSD and HDD installs of PC ports, but that would require some effort from the developers and that level of expectation is always dangerous.”
That would spell bad news for PC gamers, at least while HDD remains widely available.
It also raises the question of if HDD users will be able to keep up in a few years, or if everyone will need to make serious upgrades to their setups.
Gaming Laptop owners will probably be the most affected if they haven’t got a device with SSD installed as standard hardware.
It’s an interesting challenge to highlight before the release of Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X in 2020.