October 9, 2019

The new PlayStation 5 is coming next holiday season, could be good for esports

Console gamers now know when to expect Sony’s new console. The gaming console—officially named the PlayStation 5—is set to release sometime during the holiday season in 2020.

Additionally, Sony details how the console will differentiate itself from its predecessor. And some of those features will be beneficial for esports tournaments.

The big features

Some of the key complaints about the PlayStation 4 is game installation and storage. Gamers who want to play a new game must first install the game in its entirety to the PS4. In addition to extra download time, a full game takes up more storage space on the console hard drive.

Physical games will be stored within the Solid State Drive (SSD) of the PS5. Not only that, but PS5 owners can choose what part of a game they want to install.

“Rather than treating games like a big block of data, we’re allowing finer-grained access to the data,” says Mark Cerny, architect of the PS5.

Say for example that a player wants to download Call of Duty; They are free to choose to install the entire game, just the campaign mode, or the multiplayer mode. This will decrease the amount of space a game takes up in a system. Of course, players are free to install or uninstall any part of the game at any given moment.

This is great for tournament organizers, especially for tournaments that are community ran. With the new ability to store only certain parts of a game, tournament organizers are free to install only the multiplayer portions of the game. That frees up space on the PS5 for other possible tournament games. This could be a big money saver for tournament organizers.

Speeding up tournaments

Installation is not the only improvement that tournaments can see with the PS5. The overall loading speed should be faster as well. Cerny from Sony says that loading times will happen in a blink of an eye thanks to new CPUs installed to the PS5. This is thanks to a CPU from AMD’s Ryzen line and a GPU from the Navi family.

Quick loading times are great for running tournaments. Without long loading times, tournament matches can be completed within a timelier manner. This will decrease the number of times tournament brackets go on for extra periods of time—which mostly happens during fighting game tournaments. This will also allow players to get back into a match faster and keep the adrenaline and excitement going.

With all the new features coming to the PS5, tournament organizers should have an easier time organizing and running tournaments. But the PS5 will not be the only system coming out during this time period; Project Scarlett—the Xbox One’s successor—is set to come out for the 2020 holiday season.

Microsoft said that Project Scarlett will also have fast loading times and similar features to the PS5. So, it’s likely exclusive esport game titles may decide whether a tournament organizer chooses to invest in one system over another.

Written by Daniel Borjas

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