Sony is developing a new data compression technology that can reduce the size of game files by 60%. This technology is temporarily referred to as “Kraken” technology by Sony.
Sony PlayStation 5 Chief Architect Mark Seny talked about the technology called “Kraken” at the 2020 “To PS5” event, which he said can effectively reduce the file size of games.
In addition, some media found that Sony has begun to partially apply this technology. For example, the well-known survival game “Deep Sea Trek” requires 14GB of storage space on PlayStation 4, but only 5GB on PlayStation 5. There is also “Control: Ultimate Edition”, which occupies 42.5GB of space on Xbox Series X, while on PlayStation 5, this game requires only 25.79GB of space.
Sony PlayStation 5 only provides 825GB of storage space, and the operating system also occupies 158GB, which means that there are only 667GB of space for players to store games, which is obviously a bit stretched. However, Sony has already pushed an update for the PS 5, which can expand the game storage space through an external USB hard drive.
It also announced that it can install an SSD in the M.2 slot in the future. If Sony promotes this compression technology, players can use the PlayStation 5 to install more large games.