Insomniac Says M.2 SSD Expansion Leads To “Indistinguishable” Loading In R&C: Rift Apart
Insomniac Games’ Core Technology Director, Mike Fitzgerald has commented on the result of using M.2 SSD expansion on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
Mike Fitzgerald talked about the PS5 M.2 SSD expansion that is currently being offered in a beta firmware update. Insomniac had already tested it with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, according to Mike.
“Exciting to see PS5 beta testers getting access to the M.2 SSD feature! I’m sure the public beta will result in plenty of benchmarking across different games and drives, but I’ll spoil with some of our results from early testing at Insomniac on Ratchet & Clank: it’s looking good, ” said Mike in a chain of tweets.
“The Gen4 drives we tried that met the recommended specs gave results almost indistinguishable from the internal SSD. The rest of the I/O path still in use (hardware Kraken decompression, etc.) is definitely pulling its weight in delivering the crazy loading moments in Rift Apart.”
Mike mentioned how using a slower speed cheaper quality M.2 SSD expansion led to a 15% slower loading speed. “We tried some below-spec Gen4 M.2 drives as well and saw up to 15% slower loading in the most SSD-stressing areas of the game. Not too shabby, but keep a close eye on technical specs if you’re making an SSD purchase, as our game does rely on high-quality storage.”
While there is plenty of testing to be done, the preliminary results from Insomniac Games make it certain that if you meet the minimum requirements that are needed for M.2 SSD expansion, you should be able to get results comparable to the internal SSD that is included in the PS5.