What I'm finding most fascinating about all of this is that, before the new consoles specs were revealed, just about everybody was putting the blame on the old Jaguar CPUs for the 8th gen's bottleneck, and for the life of me I don't remember anyone even mentioning storage as the culprit. Now all of a sudden the SSD is the only thing that matters.
And yes, I understand that higher SSD speeds will allow to stream more data faster, but that data needs to be processed in the first place. You can have all the storage speed and memory bandwith in the world, but if the CPU and GPU cannot keep up, you're just going to end up with a waste of bandwith.
I think that's because no one really thought about the limitations that slow drives give. I'm not even sure I thought about before last year. Even though I had read about all the limitations that Naughty Dog had to deal with during the PS3 era. They talked a lot about tricks they had to do to eliminate load times, and other stuff like that. During the PS2 era, Jak 2 actually had these rooms where you would go in, and the game would lock you in there until the other part of the world loaded. I knew about these kinds of limitations, and I know about how much data gets constantly streamed for any current console game. But I still don't know if I ever really put any thought into what would be different if these limitations just didn't exist.
And the old Jaguar CPUs were a major bottleneck. It just isn't the only one. It doesn't get talked about a lot, but the new CPUs are a massive jump over the current ones.
I'm really excited about the new CPUs, the new audio chips, the I/O systems. All things considered, computationally we're practically looking at a 15-20x jump. Although like half of that is going towards the SSD usage, it's still some amount of computation off the CPU. As I assume load commands are now handled by that SSD structure instead of the main CPU. Which might be wrong.
It's still something like a 8-10x jump all things considered.
I think last gen had a better GPU, RAM jump. But this gen is having a better CPU, storage jump.
Overall exciting stuff all around.