Using a SSHD on Xbox One Reduces Loading Times by 42%
It should not come as a surprise that using SSHD on an Xbox One unit drastically improves the loading times, but exactly how much? According to a comparison by Christopher Sardegna; using SSHD reduces the loading times on an Xbox One unit by 42 per cent.
According to the blogpost; Christopher Sardegna used 1TB Seagate Laptop SSHD which basically combines an 8GB SSD with a 7,200RPM HDD which usually costs less than $100 USD:
I used a 1TB Seagate Laptop SSHD that combines an 8GB SSD with a 7200RPM HDD for the storage and a generic USB 3.0 SATA III Docking Station to connect it. The whole setup cost me less than $100 when I bought these items in-store at Fry’s.
The process of connecting everything is as simple as it can get. All you need to do is to:
Just insert the drive into the docking station and plug that into the Xbox One. The console will ask you to format and name the drive. When the console notifies you that the external storage is ready, you can begin to copy the games over from the internal HDD.
For the testing purposes, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was used which yielded the following results:
The average load time reduction is 42%, nearly cutting wait time in half. Loading between fast travel points that are much closer together is near instant. There are many other noticeable improvements as well: many games use a progressive asset loading algorithm that loads meshes and textures based on distance from the player to cut down memory constraints. This practice can lead to low-quality placeholders showing while higher-quality assets are decompressed. The new storage alleviates this quite well; I have not noticed any of this occurring in Witcher 3 since installation.
So yeah! For less than $100 USD, you can drastically improve your Xbox One experience.
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