|Mr Puggsly said:
I don't feel running games off a HDD was done out of necessity. The PS3 was able to run games directly from a BD disc, so did the Wii U (likely BD tech). Therefore its not crazy to assume PS4 and X1 could have as well especially with their faster drives.Â
The (maximal) speed of the PS4 BR-drive is 3x of the PS3 BR-drive, but many games have grown a lot more than 3x the size.
For installing they are fine, since thats a long sequential loading scenario, but playing games directly from the optical drive, the jumping around to dozens/hundreds of different points on the disc and speeding up / slowing down the disc every few minutes is very stressful for the mechanics (and noisy).
I've read faster but I can't find a source that gives me an exact speed. Either way the PS4 and X1 were designed to install games, so that would explain why they may have went with a slower drive. I'm arguing its possible they could kept games running off discs, but that wasn't the goal.
I believe they went to installing games on a HDD because its less work and faster loading is possible. In practice, its a shame games seem to load more this gen. I've argued before when developers get access to better hardware there seems to be trend of becoming less efficient.
Last edited by Mr Puggsly - on 19 April 2019
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