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PS4 Pro SSD add-on significantly reduces load times and pop-in for texture

If you’re wondering how much a PS4 Pro SSD add-on would enhance your gaming experience on the console, Digital Foundry just has it Posted a detailed overview of their tests with the brand new Samsung 870 QVO 8TB SSD.

The results see a significant improvement in loading times, as you can see in the table below, especially if you choose to install the PS4 Pro SSD add-on internally rather than externally.

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Loading times (seconds)PS4 Pro Stock 1 TB HDD870 QVO 8TB SSD: external870 QVO 8TB SSD: internal
Battlefield 5: Mission 3 Nordlys59.3534.4630.10
Battlefield 5: Mission 4 Tirailleur66.0436.1831.01
The Witcher 3: Novigrad Center91.2067.4662.36
The Witcher 3: White Orchard40.4322.5222.46
Bloodborne: Iosefka’s Office (From Hunter’s Dream)23.4512.0513.38
Bloodborne: Central Yharnam (From Hunter’s Dream)25.2213.3715.34
Fallout 4: Diamond City44.3919.4414.18
Fallout 4: Commonwealth48.2523.0120.49
Gran Turismo Sport: Sunday Cup 3 Dragon’s Tail22.4920.1720.24
Gran Turismo Sport: Sunday Cup 4 Alsace19.2517.5817.36
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Sector 7 Slums Residential Area33.2920.5519.54
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Sector 5 Slums Church24.3117.1716.08
Days Gone: 1st Mission Load87.2850.1647.16

That said, the same SSD would offer faster loading times on PC, although that is not surprising given the limitation of the PS4 Pro hardware. Loading times aren’t even the only thing that has noticeably improved, as texture pop-in is also much less of an issue when installing a PS4 Pro SSD add-on. look at the

Credits to Eurogamer / Digital Foundry.

Credits to Eurogamer / Digital Foundry.

Credits to Eurogamer / Digital Foundry.

Credits to Eurogamer / Digital Foundry.

You could of course argue that it makes no sense to make such an upgrade so close to the release of the PlayStation 5 console. At the same time, if you don’t plan on getting the PS5 at launch, it may be worth improving your gaming experience with a PS4 Pro SSD add-on.

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