Developers across the industry have come forward to talk about the potential of the more powerful hardware of PS5 and Xbox Series X and what they might enable games to do going forward, but the one aspect that’s been spoken about more than most others is the inclusion of a solid state drive in both consoles. Among other things, these SSDs promise to greatly reduce load times in games, and one developer in particular who’s quite excited about that is Ed Boon, series creator and director of Mortal Kombat.
Speaking in a stream with Geoff Keighley for the Summer Game Fest (which you can view below), Boon said that while many people are focused on how much visuals will improve in games with the upcoming consoles, the thing that he’s more excited about is reduced loading times in next-gen games, which Boon says will allow developers to pull off things that haven’t been possible in games up until now.
“It’s funny when these new consoles come out and everybody goes ‘ok what do the graphics look like?'” he said (transcribed by Twinfinite). “I think people are underestimating the impact that the almost zero loading time is going to have.
“That’s suddenly going to open doors that weren’t considered possible before and I think we haven’t even scratched the surface of what will eventually be done with those systems.”
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X both in line for incoming events that will show off some of their games, we’re hoping we’ll come to see the effects that their more powerful hardware has had on development sooner rather than later. With so many developers in the industry excited about it potential, it’s clear that there’s certainly quite a lot of stuff to look forward to.
Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, the fighter’s story DLC, is out tomorrow.