PS4 Games Loading A Lot Faster After Backward Compatibility Patch

A number of PS4 games are loading much faster than they would previously on the back of an update making them ready for the console’s inbound successor.

The PS5 is due to drop on November 12 and most PS4 games will be playable on the next-gen system as Sony has been updating them with backward compatibility optimizations.

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While gamers await the new console, it appears that classic titles from the PS4 such as God of War from 2018 and 2020’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake have been updated to run on the upcoming console.

According to VGC, a recent update to Sony exclusive and fan-favorite The Last of Us Remastered has significantly reduced load times for the game. A YouTube video uploaded by ElAnalistaDeBits juxtaposes a load screen from the updated game with a pre-patch version. The patched installment reaches the opening cutscene while the previous version is still loading.

You can have a look right below:

“Multiple first-party PS4 games have been quietly updated in recent weeks including God of War and God of War 3: Remastered, it’s been claimed, possibly in preparation for backwards compatibility support on PS5.”

Some viewers have suggested that this is due to new data compression techniques coming to the fore ahead of the PS5’s launch but others have refuted based on the long download times to be expected.

Lengthy load times have long been a source of frustration for gamers but it appears the next-gen console era will cut down on them significantly. Players will appreciate being able to play their PS4 games without keeping their current systems – unless, of course, they want to for sentiment’s sake.

Transferring data from PS4 to PS5 is also quite easy and Sony has provided detailed instructions for doing so on the PS5’s box.

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