According to Digitimes, Phison has become the supplier of the next-generation SSD controller for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Phision is a leader in PCIe 4.0 controllers and it’s E16 master SSD is the only SSD on the market that supports the PCIe 4.0 interface. According to previous reports, Phision’s PS5018-E18 controller provides read/write speeds of 7GB/s.
Microsoft has officially confirmed that they will be using some form of next-generation NVMe SSD that will be incredibly fast. Despite a PCIe 4.0 controller for the console not being officially confirmed, it would definitely fall in line with their needs.
What about performance and how this tech can potentially affect gamers? We are talking about an Xbox Series X SSD that could potentially offer 40-60 times increase in data throughput over mechanical drives that are used in current-gen consoles. Microsoft has also mentioned having over 40 times faster storage in last year’s E3 Xbox Scarlett trailer.
If all of this tech lines up to be accurate, gamers would benefit from extremely short loading times and super-fast boot times as well.