KEY POINTS

  • The dream of gamers to have hardly any load time will supposedly become reality as "Kena: Bridge of Spirits" can launch on the PlayStation 5 in just two seconds
  • Behind its processing power and solid-state drive, Sony has been boasting that they can eliminate loading times completely
  • Appearing on both current and next-gen PlayStation consoles, “Kena: Bridge of Spirits” should provide a good point of comparison on what the PS5 can do that the PS4 cannot

The claim being made by a launch title for the PlayStation 5 is that it can load from the PlayStation Menu in a mere two seconds.

The processing power and solid-state drive of the PlayStation 5 have been at the forefront of the technological advances that Sony has been promoting about its console, even boasting that the PS5 is capable of eliminating load times completely, ScreenRant notes.

That’s the case for a PS5 launch title in the form of “Kena: Bridge of Spirits.” Announced at the PlayStation Future of Gaming event, it is an action-adventure title that places players in the shoes of Kena, a spirit guide who must explore an abandoned village and gather an army of spirit creatures called the Rot who will enhance her abilities and accompany her throughout her quest.

“Kena: Bridge of Spirits” is set for a release later this year for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC through the Epic Games Store.

With its slated appearance on both current and next-gen PlayStation consoles, “Kena: Bridge of Spirits” should provide a good point of comparison on what the PS5 can do that the PS4, quite honestly, can’t. Reporters at Game Informer saw just that when they sat down with a PS5 demo of the game.

“Kena: Bridge of Spirits” was recorded launching fresh from the PS5's system menu - without being suspended beforehand - in just two seconds.

According to Josh and Mike Grier of developer Ember Labs, this wasn't the only advantage that working with the PS5 gave them. Apparently, the most substantial difference between the PS4 and PS5 version of the title is the aforementioned Rot.

There are 100 of these tiny spirits to be discovered throughout the world, but players won't be able to see all of them at once unless they're playing on the PS5. The gameplay functionality of finding all of them is unchanged, but there is a substantial visual difference.

Loading times and waiting for a game to launch once the console has been started is an issue of gamers and consoles since time immemorial. It might be a relatively minor annoyance in the grand gaming scheme of things, but it is indeed a consistent one.

And for a console to have lightning-quick startup is something that will definitely have eyes being turned toward the PlayStation 5. The incredible speed displayed lends credence to Sony's claims that it will render loading times obsolete. The launch time of “Kena: Bridge of Spirits” is a powerful indicator of just how advanced the next generation will be.

With the price of the Xbox Series S just being revealed together with the console, everyone now awaits what Sony’s own price will be for their much-ballyhooed system.

PlayStation 5 console Sony released this picture on June 11 of its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, without revealing pricing or a launch date. Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.