Crash Bandicoot 4 Sheds Half its Size on Next-Gen Consoles
Solid-state drives might make game sizes more reasonable
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a difficult platformer. The romp through all sorts of locales and vistas makes for some frustrating moments that need to be timed just right. And that makes loading times all the more important. Fortunately, Sony and Microsoft have you covered. The blazing-fast SSDs in the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S bite out a significant chunk from the game’s load times. Press Start reports that it takes less than ten seconds for the PS5 to load into a level.
Compare that to 40 seconds on the PS4 Pro and you can see how the new consoles revive your protagonist near-instantly. No more bathroom breaks or social media check-ins during loading. But that isn’t the only thing these consoles get right. Crash Bandicoot 4 weighs in at about 20 GB on the PS5, coupled with a host of visual and technical improvements. And on the PS4 Pro, you ask? A whopping 45 GB.
Storage size requirements over the years
Unlike the consoles of yesteryear, you can’t just slap on an additional hard drive to cure your storage scarcity woes. And while Sony did promise that you’ll be able to upgrade the SSD inside the PS5 by yourself, the dust has long settled on that announcement. The 1 TB SSD in the Xbox Series X and the 825 GB one in Sony’s next-gen console might sound like they’re more than adequate. But a quick peek under the hood shows that you only get a little over 660 GB of space from a brand-new PS5 and 800 GB from Microsoft’s beefy box.
Both console makers have flaunted the ability to keep games in memory and cycle between them without significant load times. But with dwindling storage space, the feature might not get the stage it needs to truly shine. And if the 500 GB PS4 has a hard time fitting Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, the past paints a bleak future. 4K textures don’t sound like a part of a weight loss diet either. But if Crash Bandicoot 4’s next-gen outing is anything to go by, things might take a turn for the better.
With developments in compression techniques and the sheer speed of the new NVMe drives in the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S, games might become more efficient at storage consumption. And if they can be applied on legacy titles, these features might work better with games solely developed with next-gen consoles in mind. And while the open-world adventures of the future will certainly cleave off a good portion of your console’s storage, the storage savings might make them bearable. They might even tolerate a couple of neighbors inside the confines of your solid-state drive.