Samsung produces some of the most highly regarded SSDs on the market, so wouldn’t it be great if Sony and Microsoft used them for their next-generation consoles? Well, judging by marketing materials shown during the company’s 6th-generation V-NAND launch event, that may be exactly what’s happening.
There’s one slide that elaborates on the benefits that SSDs bring to loading times in games, and it’s oddly specific: “SSD era in game console 2020.” There’s even a photo of what is clearly a PlayStation console.
Samsung isn’t specific about what interface it’s using for the SSD — PCIe 3.0 or PCIe 4.0 — but given past statements from Sony that it’s SSD would be faster than anything we’ve seen on the market to-date, we’re assuming it will be PCIe 4.0-based. The fact that both the Xbox Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5 will be using an AMD Ryzen 3000-based platform — which supports PCIe 4.0 — leads credence to this idea.