Thanks to the file compression made possible by the Kraken technology of the PS5, the next-gen versions of some titles take up to 70% less space than on PS4. What temporarily overcome the inability to launch PS5 games from an external hard drive or SSD.
Mark Cerny, the architect of the PS5 , unveiled the main features of the new Sony console . Among them, there is Kraken , a compression technology that drastically reduces the size of the files on the machine’s SSD , without losing data.
If we already know that Kraken works wonders with titles taking up up to 40% less space than on the Xbox Series X SSD , it turns out that Sony’s technology also works wonderfully on PS5 ports of older PS4 games. Take the example of Subnautica , which has recently been ported to PS5 on the occasion of the release of the second part: Subnautica Below Zero .
GAMES UP TO 70% LIGHTER ON PS5 THAN ON PS4
While the game weighs in at 14GB on PS4, the PS5 grind takes up only 3.5GB on the machine’s SSD . Or a reduction of around 70% . The same goes for the excellent title The Pathless , which goes from 10.52 GB on PS4 to only 3.87 GB on PS5. The ultra-popular free-to-play Genshin Impact is also taking advantage of the effects of Kraken to shed some weight on the scales, dropping from 25 GB on PS4 to 18 GB on PS5 . Let’s take a final example with Control Ultimate Edition , which weighs just 25GB on PS5 , while the simple version of the game (without the two expansions) takes up 38GB on PS4.
As a reminder, Sony recently deployed an update to store your games on an external hard drive or SSD . However, it is still not possible to launch your games from your storage medium. They must be installed again on the SSD of the console. So, while waiting for the manufacturer to open access to the location of the internal M.2 disk , it will be necessary to be satisfied with the compression of the files offered by the Kraken technology. And like the previous examples, we hope that Sony will continue to exploit the power of Kraken to allow players to fill their game library without quickly reaching the saturation of the SSD of the PS5.