Don’t believe the hype mate. Current tech (apps and games) don’t even fully utilise gen 3 NVMEs, let alone gen 4. Trust me on this, I’ve done a helluva lot of research on this for my new PC over the past 5-6 weeks. GPUs aren’t even coming close to saturating the PCIE gen 3 data slots either, not even remotely close. Here’s the guys developing NVME:
are you going to seriously tell me that Sony is smarter than all of these guys? I don’t think so…Sony isn’t listed as a promoter or contributor on the official specs page…that’s like trying to tell me that GE can make a camera better than Nikon/Canon etc…
mostly from scalpers cos hey, Sony screwed up the presales…the same thing happened with Nvidia 3080 and 3090 cards (the last laugh is on the scalpers though since there is a range of power filtering related issues with both cards causing CTDs etc…). I certainly wouldn’t be buying a 3080 right now.
That is true. But many people want backwards compatibility. Just cos Sony says people don’t, doesn’t mean its true. I wouldn’t blindly believe Sony - remember the old Sony rootkit from the early 2000s? Where they blatantly lied many times over a 3 month period and were caught out by Winternals (sysinternals back then from memory):
not that I trust Microsoft by any means. I simply think the XBOX X will be a better performing unit based on my personal analysis of the specs etc. I guess time will tell if I’m wrong.
Either way, any new ES game won’t be until probably 2024 and most of the XBOX titles, similarly to the Sony titles, don’t interest me. It’ll be several years until I buy a new gen console I suspect, unless my current PS4 gives up the ghost.
But, back to the NVME drives - current games do not make effective use this very fast storage, but yes, Sony is working with games devs to better utilise it, and it will impact on game performance to some degree. IMHO, GPU performance is far more important, since GPU data is passed from the CPU to GPU, as opposed to storage. As an example, try this - grab a high end Intel CPU 10900k system, spec it with 64GB DDR 4 RAM @ the highest frequency you can afford. Put a fast NVME drive in the unit (say, Seagate FireCuda 520). Try running games with a low end GPU and see the FPS. Now put in a high end GPU like a 1080ti and see what a difference that GPU made. Current games aren’t limiting by storage speeds, but by GPU performance.
PS not all nvme drives are created equally. Many drives have little qlc, and that fills up very quickly. Once it fills up, write speeds dramatically drop. Some nvme drives (like the Seagate FireCuda that I mentioned above) have a far larger qlc which means it is harder to saturate (but not impossible) before hitting tlc and slowing down storage i/o.
PPS these “custom” nvme drives are nothing more than Sony trying to vendor lock in consumers to their platform (much like Apple did with lightning connectors). We’ll have to pay inflated prices, Sony prices for replacement drives etc, rather than off the shelf components that have competition and are open standards. I’d very much prefer to support XBOX on that basis alone.