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Xbox Technology Will Speed Up PC Gaming

Arkadiusz Strzala, 30 March 2022, 12:37

DirectStorage known from Xbox consoles could speed up PCs as well. Up to 40% less CPU load and faster loading games are possible. The API has some requirements, though.

Next-gen SSDs May Require Active Cooling

Dawid Wanat, 29 March 2022, 12:55

SSDs are getting faster with each generation. However, as performance increases, so does the amount of heat they emit, which may necessitate the use of active cooling.

Undetectable Malware on SSDs; Serious Vulnerability Discovered

Jacob Blazewicz, 31 December 2021, 15:54

After CPUs, GPUs, printers, etc. we finally lived to see a security vulnerability in storage drives. As it turns out, modern SSDs allow for undetectable viruses to be installed.

Even Cheap SSDs Work With PlayStation 5

Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 September 2021, 14:53

A week ago PlayStation 5 received support for M.2 SSD drives. It turns out that even the slowest models work well with the console.

Big PlayStation 5 Update Coming Tomorrow With M.2 SSD Support [UPDATED]

GRG, 15 September 2021, 15:35

Tomorrow, the latest and second major system update for the PlayStation console will be available for download. It will introduce significant new features.

Hidden Changes in SSDs: Samsung and WD Swap Parts for Weaker Ones

Jacob Blazewicz, 30 August 2021, 18:14

A disturbing trend has been noticed in the SSD market. Journalists report changes in the drives manufactured by, among others, Samsung and WD, in which parts have been discreetly changed (often for cheaper ones).

SSDs Tested in PS5; No Major Differences in Performance Found

Paul Musiolik, 08 August 2021, 19:17

Digital Foundry tested the performance of SSDs in PlayStation 5 in PS4 and PS5 games, as well as transferring data between the internal and test drives.

WD_BLACK SN850 is the Second SSD Compatible With PS5

Paul Musiolik, 31 July 2021, 21:55

Western Digital has confirmed that its WD_BLACK SN850 SSD with heatsink is fully compatible with the PS5 after the recent console firmware update.

PS5 Will Support Internal SSDs; Sony Tests New Firmware

Jacob Blazewicz, 29 July 2021, 16:54

PlayStation 5 will finally enable us to add an internal SSD. For now, it's only in beta of the console's new update, but Sony has already revealed what models we should be looking for.

Windows 10 With Windows 11 Features; Possible Game Performance Boost

Przemyslaw Dygas, 20 July 2021, 14:54

One of the features of Windows 11, which were created with gamers in mind, will also appear in Windows 10. We are talking about DirectStorage, which will help us reduce loading times.

Steam Deck to Offer SSD Expansion; Creators Promise no Issues With Analogs

Patrick Kubiak, 17 July 2021, 22:14

After the recent reveal of Steam Deck, news keeps coming out about how the device will work and what specs it will have. It turns out that the memory in the device will be expandable, and drifting analogs are not supposed to be a problem.

Chia Cryptocurrency Eats SSDs, but Remains Popular

Przemyslaw Dygas, 24 May 2021, 17:04

Chia is eating up SSDs at an alarming rate, but this does not discourage its miners. The popularity of the new cryptocurrency is growing all the time.

Chia Cryptocurrency Can Damage SSDs in the Span of Few Weeks

Nicek, 12 May 2021, 20:32

It turns out that the increasingly popular Chia cryptocurrency does not only affect the availability and prices increase of SSDs. First information about the increased failure rate of SSD media, which wear out very quickly during the mining proces, appeared on the web.

HDDs at Record High Prices in Asia

Przemyslaw Dygas, 26 April 2021, 14:15

HDD prices in China and Japan have even increased by more than 60%. The reason for the problems is the Chia cryptocurrency, which has sparked interest in this type of components.

New Cryptocurrency Could Cause More PC Component Shortages

Przemyslaw Dygas, 20 April 2021, 23:04

It turns out that the new cryptocurrency known as Chia may affect the availability and increase prices of other PC components. This time it would affect HDDs and SSDs.

Availability of PC Components is so Bad It Pays Off Smuggling Them on Fishing Boats

Arkadiusz Strzala, 08 April 2021, 17:13

Customs officers in Hong Kong stopped a fishing boat filled with contraband, including PC components. The shortage of computer parts is so bad that smugglers have decided to cut a slice of the pie for themselves.

SSD Price Hike in 2021 Due to Increasing Prices of Flash Memory

Arkadiusz Strzala, 18 March 2021, 13:45

With the closure of Samsung's flash chip factory in Texas, controller shortage and a projected increase in demand for SSDs, their prices may soon rise.

PS5 Overheating With Second SSD? Sony Wants to Improve Cooling

Jacob Blazewicz, 26 February 2021, 12:50

Sony may soon make it possible to install an additional SSD into the PlayStation 5. According to Bloomberg, the new firmware will speed up fan operation due to the possibility of console overheating when a second drive is installed.

SSDs Surpass HDDs in Terms of Sales

Bart Swiatek, 17 February 2021, 13:35

Analysts of Trendfocus Inc. presented a report on the SSD and HDD market. The former were more popular than the latter last year.

„Other” Takes Up to 100 GB of PS5's Storage; What's That and How to Free It?

Christian Pieniazek, 20 November 2020, 16:14

PlayStation 5 has a relatively small SSD, with sometimes as much as 100GB of SSD being taken up by mysterious 'Other'. As it turns out, there is a simple way to get rid of most of this mysterious data.

No SSD Revolution in PS5; Xbox Series X Loads Games Faster

Bart Swiatek, 10 November 2020, 16:32

Tests conducted by internet users and industry journalists show that, contrary to expectations, Xbox Series X handles the loading of games better than PlayStation 5 - despite the theoretically slower SSD used in Microsoft's console.

Xbox Series X's SSD Can be Easily Replaced

Bart Swiatek, 09 November 2020, 15:34

The Xbox Series X / S features a Western Digital drive based on a standard M.2 NVMe PC interface. The drive can be removed, which should makes it swapping quite easy.

Sony Confirms No SSD Expansion for PS5 Right After Launch

Karol Laska, 06 November 2020, 11:29

Sony has confirmed earlier reports that claimed the PlayStation 5 console will not offer the option expand SSD memory right after launch.

Xbox Series S Offers Barely Over 300 GB of Storage And it's a Problem

Adrian Werner, 04 November 2020, 10:48

We have bad news for people planning to buy Xbox Series S. It turns out that the platform will offer only 364 GB of storage space for games and user applications.

The Witcher 3 on XSX Eradicates Fast Travel Loading Screens

Bart Swiatek, 03 November 2020, 13:51

Youtuber, who received a copy of the Xbox Series X from Microsoft, published a gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Interestingly, when using fast travel, the game loads so fast that no loading screens are displayed.

Analysts: SSD Prices Will Drop Later This Year

Paul Musiolik, 18 October 2020, 22:54

If TrendForce's analyses come true, SSDs and RAM will get cheaper this year. Further drops are expected to come early next year.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla PC System Requirements

Jacob Blazewicz, 14 October 2020, 23:18

Ubisoft has released the system requirements of AC: Valhalla. The publisher has provided six configurations to run the game, almost all of which include an SSD.

Western Digital Revealed a PS5-compatible SSD

Bart Swiatek, 09 October 2020, 14:14

Western Digital has unveiled the SN850 SSD, the first model in its catalogue to be compatible with PlayStation 5.

PS5 Will Support M.2 SSDs of All Sizes

Adrian Werner, 08 October 2020, 10:00

It turns out that the PS5 will offer great freedom in choosing additional SSDs. The console will support devices in four most popular sizes available on the market.

Xbox Series X Said to Load Older Games in 8 Seconds

Paul Musiolik, 07 October 2020, 12:06

Xbox Series X will launch games from older consoles in just a few seconds. All this without any additional optimization or patches. Simply insert the game into the drive or run it from the console.

PS5 Can Store Up to 8 Games on the SSD

Paul Musiolik, 04 October 2020, 18:10

An unconfirmed leak indicates that there will be 664GB of storage left on PlayStation 5 from the declared 825GB. This gives us approximately 8 large games.

Xbox Series X and S Will Enable Us to Partially Remove Games

Frozen, 03 October 2020, 21:18

Xbox Series X and S consoles will have an optional function to remove selected fragments of games from our hard drive. This is to help save space in the extremely limited storage of both devices.

Windows 10 Will Warn of SSD Malfunction

Bart Swiatek, 02 October 2020, 12:58

In the next major update, Windows 10 will receive a tool that will enable the users to monitor the status of their SSDs and determine their expected time of operation.

First Impressions: Xbox Series X

Jacob Blazewicz, 28 September 2020, 20:44

Journalists shared their first impressions of using the Xbox Series X console. The tests were somewhat limited, but have left a positive impression of Microsoft's new platform on the participants.

PS Plus Collection Would Take up Tons of Storage on PS5

Bartlomiej Sagan, 25 September 2020, 18:09

The SSD used in PS5 is fast, but it is criticized for low capacity. The players have checked to see whether it can store all the PS4 hits available in PS Plus Collection.

Extra Storage for Xbox Series X / S is Quite Pricey

Paul Musiolik, 25 September 2020, 10:03

We have learned the price of storage expansion cards for Xbox Series S|X. 1 TB of additional disk space will cost us almost as much as a new console.

Nvidia's RTX IO Will Give PC Capabilities Comparable to PS5's SSD

Bart Swiatek, 02 September 2020, 19:59

Nvidia has developed a new RTX IO technology to enable much faster loading of data from SSD. The process will be done without the processor - the files will go directly from the media to the GPU memory, which will increase performance and reduce the size of games.

WoW: Shadowlands System Requirements - You Can't Play Without SSD [Updated]

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 September 2020, 19:05

The release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will entail a significant increase in the system requirements of Blizzard's MMORPG. The company has announced that not only a better CPU and GPU but also an SSD will be required to play the new expansion for the iconic MMORPG.

Windows 10 May Damage SSDs

Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 28 August 2020, 20:23

Microsoft is trying to get rid of an error that can cause SSDs to wear out faster.

Prices of SSDs and RAM May Drop Soon

Bart Swiatek, 18 August 2020, 11:48

The DRAMeXchange website reports that we may soon see a significant drop in prices of RAM and SSDs. The reason for this is that many companies' warehouses are still stocked and the production of new chipsets is more efficient than expected.

SSD in PS4 Pro Reduces Loading Times and Improves Graphics

Bart Swiatek, 04 August 2020, 14:59

Digital Foundry experts have looked at what can be gained by installing a high-speed SSD into our PlayStation 4 Pro. As it turns out, quite a lot - this type of storage not only significantly reduces loading times, but also improves visuals in some games.

Ori Dev on PS5 and Xbox Series X SSDs: „1 TB is Too Small”

Jacob Blazewicz, 17 June 2020, 22:14

Thomas Mahler, Executive Director of the Ori series, commented on SSDs mounted in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X console. The creator at Moon Studios did not fail to mention the advantages of Sony's and Microsoft's SDDs, but expressed his disappointment with only 1TB of storage.

PS5 Can do Things „Impossible on Other Hardware”

Bart Swiatek, 08 June 2020, 13:27

A developer who has worked at Sony claims that the incredible speed of the PS5's SSD enables the console to do things that cannot be done on other platforms. However, in his opinion, the biggest leap forward in the next generation will be that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be equipped with an SSD by default.

PS5's SSD Too Fast for Unreal Engine 5, Forces Code Modifications

Arkadiusz Strzala, 04 June 2020, 11:37

The speeds provided by the SSD on the PS5 required changes to Unreal Engine 5's code. Epic Games has modified the I/O areas to allow for faster data transfer.

Tim Sweeney Comments on PS5 vs. PC SDD Contest

Bart Swiatek, 02 June 2020, 15:41

In response to a question asked by a Internet user, Tim Sweeney - the head of Epic Games - once again reiterated that the SSD of the PS5 console will be faster than technology used in PCs.

PS5's SSD Won't be the Fastest - PCs Got Something Better

Bart Swiatek, 01 June 2020, 11:42

Although Sony pitches PlayStation 5's SSD as a real breakthrough, it turns out that there is already technology available on the PCs that offers more than twice of its data reading speed. But there's a catch.

PS5's SSD Will be 100 Times Faster Than HDD on PS4

Bart Swiatek, 22 May 2020, 11:23

PlayStation 5's SSD is expected to be a hundred times faster than the disk used in PlayStation 4, and Sony considers this technology essential to achieving higher levels of immersion in games.

Tim Sweeney on PS5's Storage: „The World of Loading Screens is Over.”

Bart Swiatek, 14 May 2020, 12:05

Tim Sweeney, head of Epic Games, commented on the Unreal Engine 5 demo presented yesterday, which ran on PS5's devkit. In his opinion, the technology used in Sony's new console can significantly affect the way video games look like and how they are created.

Phil Spencer: Gaming on XSX Will be Like Switching From 2D to 3D

Christian Pieniazek, 28 April 2020, 20:59

Phil Spencer maintains community's interest in Xbox Series X, announcing the upcoming presentations of new games. In addition, he compared the revolution that will take place with this device to the leap that was achieved between 2D and 3D.

Co-creator of Halo is Delighted With PS5's SSD

Smoczy, 20 April 2020, 12:27

The PS5's technical solutions delight subsequent game developers associated with hardware platforms from other manufacturers. Co creator of Halo considers the SSD in the new console a „huge difference”.