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PS Vita game load times vary depending on where you buy your games

We're used to there being a difference in load times between games installed to a hard drive and those played straight off their respective media. And it's always in favour of the downloaded title, right? Well, reports coming out of Japan where the PS Vita has just launched suggest that the inverse may be true for Sony's new machine. What fresh madness is this? Take a look at the evidence and see for yourself (the downloaded version is the lower of the two):

Why is this happening? Well, we can only assume the proprietary memory card that PS Vita games come on uses a faster data transfer rate than the system's flash storage cards. It won't make much difference in real terms, of course, especially as multiplayer games on Xbox Live work regardless of which players have installed the game or not (although those that have almost always end up waiting for ages while the disc-users slowly load their games). And we're only talking a second or so here and there.

What surprised us is just how long the game is taking to load on either machine. Vita's rival, the 3DS, may have visible load times, but they're nowhere near as long as this. Still, at least the downloadable versions of Vita games do seem to be selling for cheaper than RRP.

For now...

Source: Gematsu.com

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17 comments

  • shingirayi-mutandiro - January 5, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    What a silly misconception! Where you download games has nothing to do with with load times. Some of the factors that affect loading times are: 1. Differences in TYPE and QUALITY of the game media, and 2. The state of compression of the game. If these downloadable games are smaller in size, it also lengthens loading times. Lastly, who gives a crap about one more second?
  • ChiefLethal - December 19, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    I can't wait till this shit is hacked wide open.
  • anthony-rey - December 19, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Who the fuck cares about 1 second ?
  • Burdmayn - December 19, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    My question is, how big are the game downloads? I have the first edition bundle preordered but cheaper games might be worth a bigger card if they don't take up too much space.
  • jackthemenace - December 19, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    "Army corps of Hell" sounds like an effing awesome game.
  • Galgomite - December 19, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    Not enough info to go on. Does the game load again when you start playing?
  • ACGUY - December 19, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    Hmmmmmmmmm... Could you guys do this with other games so we can generally see it's overall loading time. Because if it takes that long to load up a title screen I may just not get a Vita anytime soon.
  • benchesh - December 19, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    This article has many mistakes. Let's examine the mistakes, kids! 1. "the system's internal hard drive" - PS Vita doesn't have a hard drive, or any internal memory (aside from the firmware). The memory cards are flash based. 2. "the downloaded version is the top one" - well that would mean that the entire article is incorrect, because the top one loads faster, by a whopping one second. Great Scott! Better cancel my pre-order. 3. "the downloadable versions of Vita games do seem to be selling for cheaper than RRP" - we'll see about that, considering Sony's track record.
  • Stegga - December 19, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    Thank god someone else noticed, I was feeling like an idiot. But yeah, this article doesn't meet the high standard expected of Justin Towell.
  • GR_JustinTowell - December 19, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    It wasn't me, it was an imposter named Tustin Jowell. He's been removed from the building and normal service has resumed, folks. Won't happen again.
  • benchesh - December 19, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    MISTAKES CORRECTED. A+
  • InvasivePlague - December 19, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    1. we can only assume the proprietary memory card that PS Vita games come on uses a faster data transfer rate than the system's flash storage cards. 2.the downloaded version is the lower of the two 3.at least the downloadable versions of Vita games do seem to be selling for cheaper than RRP. For now... These are quotes from the article.
  • Stegga - December 19, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    Am I being stupid or is this article suggesting that the hard copy of PSVita games are faster than the downloaded one? And then in the video the downloaded one loads quicker? I'm confused.
  • tiben36 - December 19, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    "OMGZ IT IS A SECOND LONGER" thats what you sound like today, gamesradar
  • Cyberninja - December 19, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    if the top one is the download one then it has the extra second advantage
  • tareq - December 19, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    Difference doesn't seem too long to be honest
  • Mezolitik - December 19, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    The one gripe I had with the PSP was the horrendous load times. I remember Dead Head Fred loading every few minutes, for a few minutes. It was a pain. Perhaps it's just that particular game that's slow off the mark?

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