With hands on previews going live for Xbox Series X this week, there’s a lot of talk about how fast last gen games can now load, even with no new patches, on the system thanks to the SSD. But if you want to see how it will directly impact your favorite game, look no further than The Verge’s Tom Warren, who recorded a bunch of Destiny 2 footage on the Series X.
The video below showcases a few different aspects of how Destiny 2 now loads and plays on Series X with the new hard drive, namely startup, loading into the Tower and planets, and how responsive the menu becomes.
Check it out:
For me, what I’m seeing here pretty much echoes the experience of playing on my PC’s NVMe SSD, as the load times and everything seems the same, minus 30 fps instead of 60 fps (again, that will be patched into the Series X/PS5 versions of the game by Bungie at launch).
This probably seems at least a little better than the $200 external Seagate drive that I have attached to my PS4 currently for really, the sole purpose of making Destiny 2 on console less obnoxious, which it did accomplish. I’ve said before that players who currently use an SSD on console or PC probably aren’t going to be blown away by either the PS5 or Series X versions of the game, and yet for console players who have been stuck with the laggy, long-loading version of the game to date, yes, it’s kind of night and day. Hell, fixing menu lag alone is worth the price of admission if you ask me.
Many Destiny 2 players may even consider switching to console from PC once the game starts running in 60 fps for the main reason that they will be able to avoid cheaters in PvP, as they’re much harder to come by on console, and destroying the upper levels of gameplay on PC. But as Tom notes here, one thing missing from at least this test version of Destiny 2 on Series X is an FOV slider, something that is another big boon to PC play which makes gameplay feel much “faster,” which is hard to describe unless you’ve experienced the difference for yourself. No word on if Bungie is adding this to the game or not in the coming next-gen patch, but it seems somewhat unlikely.
I am curious about two things now: 1) how performance will improve past what we’re seeing here once Bungie actually patches the game for next gen and 2) if the PS5 load times will be even lower than these. Sony has been extolling the virtues of its custom SSD from day one, and if it can reduce load times even further, that could be a big deal. But if it can’t, then many may wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place.
Regardless, for many players this will be a must-upgrade. Current SSD players may not notice that much of a difference, but that’s certainly the vast, vast minority of the console playerbase at the moment.
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