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PS5 and Xbox Series X loading time comparison: Which next-gen console reigns supreme?

Our reviews for the PS5 and Xbox Series X are finally out in the wild, meaning we are now able to provide direct comparisons between both of the upcoming next-gen consoles. 

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The most startling times in the above graph are Final Fantasy XV and The Outer Worlds, with the Xbox Series X loading time utterly trouncing the PS5. It is clear that Microsoft’s continued dedication to backwards compatibility is paying off here, since the system is certainly more organised to tackle its older library of games.

In titles such as Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom, loading times are instantaneous, showing that Sony’s console is more than capable of providing fast and snappy loading times, and in the majority of cases it does. That being said, the difference found above is worth taking into consideration for those buying a new machine with backwards compatiblity in mind.

To add some more context to the equation, here is how the PS5 improves upon the loading times found in some of the platform’s biggest exclusives:

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Thanks to both bespoke patches and the hardware itself, all of these first-party exclusives benefit from improved performance and loading times. Many of the developers involved have also stated more support will be coming in the future. So with any luck, PS5 will only get better with firmware updates and further additional refinements.

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