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Sony want to make playing PS5 games as easy as watching Netflix

Published: 15:32, 25 March 2020
Updated: 10:47, 26 March 2020
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According to a reliable journalist Jason Schreier, one of the pitches that Sony have been making to game developers is that playing a PlayStation 5 game should be as easy as using Netflix.

Sony's Mark Cerny revealed the full specs of the company's next-gen console PlayStation 5 earlier this month and as expected, many were impressed by its super-fast SSD. The new drive will completely remove the loading times in certain titles and also help developers with all sorts of HDD-related issues they had with PS4.

However, while the SSD is truly a highlight of the new hardware, Sony have a lot of other, impressive features to showcase. One of them could be "Direct Gameplay" which is a game activity/progress tiles presented in PS5 OS. As you can see in the ResetEra thread , the feature sounds pretty great on paper with OS that can display several tasks or in-game achievements you have still to finish in a game. 

A reliable journalist Jason Schreier has explained what exactly could this feature bring. He wrote that Sony want to make playing PlayStation 5 games as easy as using Netflix. 

"I have heard some fascinating things about the PS5’s operating system like this - one of the pitches they’ve been making to developers is 'playing a PS5 game should be as easy as Netflix.' They want to make players feel like they can load up the game immediately and know exactly how much time a given activity is going to take them," Schreier wrote.

He added that Sony feels players should be inclined to play in short bursts rather than spending hours playing their favourite titles. "They want people to feel more inclined to play in short bursts rather than only wanting to turn on the console when they have a few hours to spare.

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Sony's Mark Cerny talked about similar feature in an interview with Wired last year. Cerny said that they don't want the player to have to boot the game to see what is available and what they can play at that moment. 

"Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real-time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI," Cerny explained.

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