PS4 Firmware 2.50 Suspend/Resume Timings Tested, Inconsistent Performance Across Several Titles

We test the new feature across eight different games.

Posted By | On 26th, Mar. 2015 Under Article, Feature | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


PS4’s much awaited feature, the ability to put the PS4 in suspend and resume mode is finally made available through firmware update 2.50. The update brings in host of new features and improvements but it goes without saying that the suspend/resume feature is the one that many players have been waiting for since launch of the console.

We have already seen games like Grand Theft Auto V and Bloodborne switching rather quickly from suspended to active state. But having got our own hands on this new update, we decided to test it out ourselves. So how does this new feature performs in terms of switching from suspend state to resume mode? In order to know more, we tested this feature across eight different games including some recent PS4 exclusives and multiplatform games such as The Order: 1886 and Final Fantasy: Type 0 HD.

Testing methodology: We are not calculating the time it takes for the PS4 to go from an active to a suspended state. That time is completely inconsequential. We are however interested in calculating the amount of time it takes for the PS4 to switch from suspended to resume state. So how do we calculate that? During suspended state, the PS4 does not output any signal to your television. So the time taken from the moment we push the PS Button on the DualShock 4 controller to the first frame of the gameplay is the time that the console took to switch over completely from rest to resume state. We understand that you would have appreciated videos instead of direct numbers but our capture card is not able to record the footage when the screen is blank (no signal) and the PS4 does stay in blackout mode for a while even when the user has pushed the PS button.

We tested each title across three different areas in the game and the results are below.

The Order: 1886

First Attempt: 35.06 seconds

Second Attempt: 13.89 seconds

Third Attempt: 15.62 seconds

Final Fantasy Type 0-HD

First Attempt: 36.61 seconds

Second Attempt: 33.14 seconds

Third Attempt: 29.41 seconds

Far Cry 4

First Attempt: 20.29 seconds

Second Attempt: 15.71 seconds

Third Attempt: 13.43 seconds

Middle-Earth – Shadow of Mordor

First Attempt: 15.33 seconds

Second Attempt: 16.02 seconds

Third Attempt: 34.44 seconds

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

First Attempt: 12.74 seconds

Second Attempt: 15.40 seconds

Third Attempt: 11.78 seconds

Battlefield Hardline

First Attempt: 12.50 seconds

Second Attempt: 15.26 seconds

Third Attempt: 14.24 seconds

Killzone Shadowfall

First Attempt: 12.57 seconds

Second Attempt: 40.12 seconds

Third Attempt: 14.94 seconds

inFamous Second Son:

First Attempt: 13.38 seconds

Second Attempt: 12.10 seconds

Third Attempt: 13.87 seconds

As you can clearly see, the results are a mix bag. Some games like Final Fantasy Type 0- HD take in the region of 30 seconds which could be a patience killer for some, whereas games like inFamous Second and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes have times ranging from 12 to 15 seconds. Furthermore, why exactly the console would perform so indifferently for the same game, in this case The Order: 1886 and Shadow of Mordor, is perplexing. Overall, the results are highly inconsistent across each and every title we tested.

We also came across instances where the game would stall while switching from suspend to resume state. In this scenario we had to eject the game out of the PS4. This happened to us on a couple of occasions during Killzone Shadow Fall and Final Fantasy Type 0-HD.

Putting the frustrating loading times aside, there is no doubt that many players will find this feature extremely useful. Sony did a great job by finally launching this feature but there is work to be done here and we are hopeful that the experience will be eventually smoothened out in the future.

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  • TheAdjustmentBureau

    well you can’t expect everything to work the way you want it right when it comes out. this will be solved

  • Starman

    Not a good look …. XB1 was working out of the box day-one in beta mode , it was almost flawless and it didn’t take long to come out of beta …. so yes , it is possible to work right out of the gate …

    I haven’t tested it myself but , i’m pretty sure I will get the same results …I expected this to happen .

    • Michael Norris

      It does work out of the gate GTA5 works amazing i also use a SSDHD this would also improve performance so just keep the negative comments to yourself.

    • Starman

      And what if I tell you , “to go fk yourself , would you listen ?

    • jayflow

      And yet the XB1 version still varies at times as far as suspend/resume is concerned. I have an XB1 and it’s not as perfect as you fantards try to make it seem like it is, but yes it does a good job with suspend/resume most of the time.

    • d0x360
    • jayflow

      Ok. Now do it shutting down your Xbox and bring it back up. That is where “sometimes” you have issues. I was not talking about suspend, going to a different app, then resuming. If you look at the PS4 it is going into rest mode and then resuming.

    • d0x360

      I know what you are saying and I agree every so often it won’t resume properly. I think it has somehing to do with when and how you quit

      Ive been saving or hitting a auto save point then hitting guide so it minimizes the game then I shut down via controller. Since then power failure aside I haven’t had any issue with it not resuming. I used to shut down whenever when the game was running and had the issue.

      The games run on a separate virtual.machine so I think what happens is if shut off without being in suspension mode (minimized) it doesn’t take a proper snap shot of the VM.

      I’m not making excuses don’t misunderstand me. Ms should fix it. Hopefully people post it to the feedback site. They listen to tons of stuff on there especially if a lot of people up vote it.

    • jayflow

      Yeah. I just tried doing the PS4 the way you did the One and it works just as good as the One. Now if you try to go to Netflix while playing a game it suspends the game, which is a relief. Took Sony long enough, but glad its finally here.

    • d0x360

      Oh no doubt. Dont get me wrong I’m very glad Sony added suspend but it doesn’t quite work as well. You can’t do as much multi tasking as you can on x1, on there you can have the game running plus multiple apps running plus stuff snapped but I’m not complaining. I truly am happy its there
      Sony did a great job with it to be honest. I wasnt sure they could pull it off.

    • jayflow

      Yeah I’ve only tried one app and one game, but I think that’s the best it can do right now. To be honest, I think that should probably be good enough for Sony. Lol!

      Would like to see them add friend notifications and appear offline next, but give you the option to turn-off notifications if you don’t want them. Also DLNA would be nice. Can’t believe how many features the PS4 is missing compared to the PS3.

    • d0x360

      Well you got to figure 2 things. One its a new platform and its x86 so old code is no good. Two they spent time making tools and writing the OS so features and apps will.eventually come later. It’s the price early adopters pay sadly

    • jayflow

      Good point! Didn’t think about it like that.

    • Gamez Rule

      Same here.

    • Gamez Rule

      Agreed.

    • ThePokeMaster

      Xbox One couldn’t even take screenshots out of the box or record anything more than 5 minutes without “snapping” another app.

    • d0x360

      On the xbox resume works in 1-2 seconds from a power off state or if you are using another app or whatever. Its because the game runs in a VM. On ps4 sony saves an “image” of the game to disc which needs to be loaded. Its not true resume like on xbox nor can it be do to the design of Sony’s operating system but at least they tried and ita an option that works…albeit slowly.

    • Gamez Rule

      Lets chat about games. GTA V Suspend/Resume time on Xbone takes about 16-17 seconds ( how long on PS4? ) I’ll tell you. It’s 5-6 seconds.

      Even IF what you said is correct about PS4 not having a true resume compared with Xbone it don’t matter when games loads up faster?

    • d0x360

      Nonsense. I just played GTA, then i watched some youtube videos and an episode of stat trek on amazon video. I hit GTA5 and was right back in the game in about 2 seconds.

      There is no loading on Xbox resume. The game never stops running. Ever.

    • Gamez Rule
    • d0x360

      You are counting the time it takes to BOOT the system not just resume a game. Big difference there friend.

      Try this on your ps4. Load a game then load YouTube then load Netflix then load the same game. How long does it take? Oh wait! You can’t resume a game like that on ps4!

      We are talking about how long a resume takes not how long a system boot takes.

    • Gamez Rule

      Show your video then as PS4 clearly starts GTA V under 6 seconds. Show your Xbone then?

    • d0x360

      Making a video now. Stand by

    • Gamez Rule

      cool

    • d0x360

      Boot times aren’t in question here. Game resuming is. Yes ps4 boots its lesser feature set quicker. This is about true game resuming and multi tasking. Here is the Xbox one actually resuming games while using the system for other things. There is no delay.

      https://youtu.be/Y9Xz-mcKXKU

    • Gamez Rule

      Thanks for the video. I’m not questioning the delay though. Also PS4 now does the same as you did with the xbone menu as PS4 is resuming games while using the system for other things.

      What I’m stating is “PS4 clearly starts GTA V under 6 seconds” and “GTA V Suspend/Resume time on Xbone takes about 16-17 seconds”

      If you turn off your Xbone with GTA V count the time it takes to be back up on dash? PS4 from Off to on is under 10 sec- Xbone over 16 sec- ( but from dash PS4 is 6 sec- ) what’s Xbone?

      So now shut down your Xbox and bring it back up to play GTA V and you’ll see PS4 is faster?

    • Jecht_Sin

      Yeah, right. Now hibernation (the one where the OS writes the RAM image to disc) isn’t a true suspend/resume feature. It is actually the most reliable one. It’s what OS X does before a Macbook runs out of battery. Otherwise there is the sleep mode, when you close the lid. But the PS4 has no battery, so it would even make sense to hibernate instead of sleeping.

    • d0x360

      It is very reliable. The xbox saves some stuff to the drive and keeps alot in memory. It’s broken up into virtual machines so they have more wiggle room than Sony. Its also why the xbox can run 3 apps and a game at once.
      Although if the power goes out its all gone and the Xbox needs a full slooooooooow boot. Takes like a min or 2. Ugh

  • jacksjus

    I tried it on Bloodborne from rest and it took roughly 8 seconds.

    • Starman

      Here we go with a “save the playstation” comment …I was wondering when the damage control crew would come out.

    • jacksjus

      Shuddup. If you don’t know what you’re talking about then don’t speak to me.

    • Starman

      LOL….it’s all good , calm down playa …it’s just games and we all have our own opinion about things ….don’t be a tight @$$ , like your boy down there ‘TheAdjustmentBureau’ ….he’s a phony fanboy …you don’t want to grow up and be like him ….do you ????

    • jacksjus

      Is it all good?

      You seem to be struggling internally with some issue on what others think. If anything I would encourage other young bucks to not be like you. A trolling hater.

      All I did was add another game to the blog and you immediately jumped into some defensive BS that made no sense and was completely unwarranted.

      Grow up.

    • Starman

      LOL ….Salty

    • Guest

      Save the playstation comment? It takes me around 8 secs to one I tested it, so his comment is true. You need tof’ck off with your hate thee playstation comments. And what are you doing here if you don’t like it?

    • Starman

      You sound like a fanboy …lol

    • ThePokeMaster

      ..irony

    • Counterproductive

      Here we go with the “people who have opinions that favor Sony are fanboys” comment. I was wondering when the people who like to attack the more popular system were going to come out.

      Incidentally, loading Dragon Ball Xenoverse from rest mode took 10 seconds.

    • Starman

      “Counterproductive” but we should listen to you …and 10 sec still sucks …

    • ThePokeMaster

      Y’all heard him. Everyone stop sharing any positive experiences that do not support his negative point of view. Wouldn’t want to sound like one of those “save the playstation” guys. In the mean time, let’s make positive comments about Xbox instead.

  • Time launching the game from the dashboard loading the game save then loading to when you can actually play it then compare it to the resume suspend load time. I bet you will find its consistently less and it will continue for the point you’re at rather than the last saved point.

    • jacksjus

      In the end that is truly all that matters. Regardless it’s faster than it was yesterday. That’s for damn sure.

  • Jason Mounce

    You expect Absolutism in this feature, in the algorithms involved?

    I’d call it Variable or subjective, not Inconsistent, making it sound negative because it’s not PRECISELY on the same point every single time? Whoosh.

  • HisDivineOrder

    If Bloodborne proves anything, it’s that these (supposedly) next gen consoles need SSD’s badly. At least the PS4 can have one added in later by its end user.

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    Did this earlier today with Bloodborne and it was like five seconds, so there’s some more inconsistency for you, how dare they make it so fast to get into my game, lets bash Sony for the convenience.

    • Gamez Rule

      Mine took about 5 seconds too but am running a 7200 rpm HDD. Well happy with that☺ KZ:SF took 11 seconds. Much better than before. Infamous was about the same time as KZ too.

  • Jecht_Sin

    What a waste of time for a test. Why instead don’t they measure the power consumption? It’s the thing that matters the most in a suspend feature.

    And yes, electric bills are expensive here where I live.

  • RealityCheck2015

    I tried it a few times with Far Cry 4 yesterday & had no problems with it. It was SUPER FAST 😛 Amazing really & better than loading the game up each time anyway. I guess times will be different then but it’s much better than starting the game each time.


 

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