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Microsoft has shared a substantial new look at the Xbox Series X in action, and we're already mightily impressed with the console's loading times. A new trailer comparing the next-gen consoles processing power to that of the Xbox One X - currently the most powerful home console on the market - is absolutely incredible.
The trailer, which you can see below, shows both console side-by-side booting up State of Decay 2 (ugh). The Xbox One X takes just under a minute to load up the game. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, gets the job done in an incredible 11 seconds. Keep your fancy graphics and your 4K whatchamacallits - this is what I love to see from my next-gen trailers.
The trailer does point out that the demo on-screen doesn't actually represent gameplay that's been optimized for Xbox Series X. Rather, it's showing off a backwards compatible version of State of Decay 2 to demonstrate the load time technology.
According to Microsoft, these speedy loading times are all down to Xbox's new Velocity Architecture. The company says that this new feature gives developers the ability to stream-in up to 100GB of assets to their games, reducing processing times... which in turn reduces load times for players. Everybody wins.
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While the PS5 is altogether a more mysterious beast than the Xbox Series X right now, we do have some insight into the next-gen PlayStation's loading times. In April last year, Sony demonstrated by showing a scene from Marvel's Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro and a PS5 dev kit. On the PS4, it took 15 seconds to load. The next-gen machine had it up and running in just 0.8 seconds.
A job listing spotted late last year also suggested that the PS5 would be the "world's fastest console". Based on these raw numbers, it seems like that might just turn out to be true - but we'll have to wait until both next-gen machines are out before we can really make that judgment.
On that note, it's not entirely clear if the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be able to hit their intended holiday 2020 release windows. While Microsoft recently reiterated that the Xbox Series X would be releasing as planned, multiple industry analysts fear that the continuing coronavirus pandemic will lead to a limited supply and higher price tags for the hardware, if not outright delays.
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