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Microsoft Executive: Devs Will Learn to Address Xbox Series X SSD Slower Loading Times When Compared to PS5

Microsoft Executive: Devs Will Learn to Address Xbox Series X SSD Slower Loading Times When Compared to PS5 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 April 2021 / 9,591 Views

The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony set to launch in Holiday 2020, have different specs with the Xbox Series X having a faster CPU and GPU, while the PS5 will have a faster Solid State Drive (SSD).

Sony and developers have been hyping up the faster loading times with the SSD in the PS5, however,  Program Manager at Microsoft Bill Stillwell, who is currently working on Hololens and previously worked on the Xbox, says developers will be able to address the slower loading times on the Xbox Series X. 

"I’ll say two things with that," Stillwell told Iron Lords Podcast in a recent interview about the different SSD speeds in the two next generation consoles.

"One, I understand that its a marketing point and I think I said in the last Podcast we did, I’m really impressed in the architecture they did with their drive and they’ll be able to do really cool stuff with it. I also don’t think it’s as impressive over what you’ll be able to do what the Series X has done and so I have high confident in that team.

"I will also say, look I reserve the right to wake up smarter tomorrow and someone may prove me wrong and we’ll learn.The one thing I have learned is I’v never underestimated game developers to take advantage of something and work around it, but that works on both sides.

"And so the ability of a game developer to look and say 'okay I’m building this game and I want to have seamless transition with no loading screens on PlayStation, but I’m also gonna want to sell on an Xbox, what am I going to do to manage that kind of thing?'

"Like that will be the trick and the techniques, and so maybe, I’m just making this up, but maybe there are elevators in the Xbox version and not the Sony version. I don’t know how they’re gonna address it, but they will learn to address it and they will figure out ways to work around it, and that’s where you’ll get these economies of these statement of absolute versus what we can actually do when these games releases."

Recently, industry developer Matt said the Xbox Series X SSD is still a huge upgrade over the current generation storage devices, but the PS5 SSD technology allows developers to do things they wouldn't be able to do on other platforms. 

Stay tuned to VGChartz as we give provide you with up to date information on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Thanks MP1st.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
NathanSSSS (on 08 June 2020)

I myself indeed felt the advantage a fast SSD can bring to a platform with all the texture loading and popping pains I experienced with this generation, really looking forward to what PS5 can offer on the table

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V-r0cK (on 08 June 2020)

I hope big third party devs that are making AAAs game for both PS5 and XBSX can come forward one day and talk about their experiences/pros and cons when creating a game on both systems (ie they rework some things around because the PS5 couldnt handle this as well as the XBSX and vice versa etc..). I dont mind hearing from players from each party but it's just better to hear from those on a more neutral level.

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HollyGamer (on 08 June 2020)

" there are elevators in the Xbox version and not the Sony version " LMAO

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ironmanDX HollyGamer (on 09 June 2020)

That's extra content! How anti consumer of xbox! 😂

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Rafie (on 08 June 2020)

Does it really matter about Series X's SSD being slower, or PS5 being weaker than Series X? I think things will even out for both consoles. Pros and cons to everything.

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khotboat (on 09 June 2020)

Both consoles are powerful although the series x is more powerful. Im more interested in the exclusive games rather than having an extra 5-10 fps compared to the ps5

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goopy20 (on 09 June 2020)

Wow that's pretty honest there. I'm sure 3rd party developers will work around it as they kinda have to. It's the 1st party games that will take full advantage of it, though.

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L3ft (on 09 June 2020)

Seriously what a shitty way to communicate for his brand. This is insane. It sounds like like the XSX is going to be launched witch a HDD.

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KratosLives (on 09 June 2020)

I doubt they'll be maxing out either console. All this talk is nothing. It's going to come to the game engine and how well the designers understand the console architecture. Will the ps5 ssd offset the gpu advantage of series x, and vice versa. Exclusives will shine in both consoles. And ofcourse other things such as budget and quality of game devs and director of first party games. And I expect multiplats to play the same across the board, and they won't be maxing out consoles for sure.

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DonFerrari (on 08 June 2020)

Waiting for Sony Executive to say devs will need to learn how to use weaker GPU/CPU. And seems like this executive doesn't know much of development and think it is only loading times.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 08 June 2020)

So much for "Fastest" Most Powerful.

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You can't bruteforce everything.

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