Secret PS5 feature LEAKED, and it could make game ‘start’ screens obsolete

What does the PS5 Activities feature mean for next-gen gaming?

by Oliver Barsby
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We’ve heard a lot about the death of loading screens in the next-gen, but this leaked PS5 feature will bypass the need to even load a game up via the start screen.

A now taken down preview of WRC 9 from Gamereactor made reference to the PS5 Activities feature yet to be officially revealed by Sony.

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Here’s everything we know about the new feature and which games it will be useful for!

What is the PS5 Activities feature?

According to the Gamereactor piece, PS5 Activities allows “an instant deeplink to specific races directly from the console’s menu.”

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This means that through the Activities function, players will be able to load into certain sections of the game without going through the whole boot-up or title sequence.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this feature, however, as PlayStation’s Mark Cerny referenced the feature in an interview with Wired.

“Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in actual time,” stated Cerny, hinting that players will be able to jump into an online match instantly without loading up the game.

Cerny also added that “single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI.”

This feature has not previously been possible for console gaming. The PS5’s new SSD promises faster load speeds, and it seems that the PlayStation Activities feature will take full advantage of this hardware upgrade.

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What games will take advantage of PlayStation Activities?

The first game that springs to mind when we think of this new feature is GTA Online. Rockstar’s latest game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise is renowned for its incredibly long wait times. With GTA Online confirmed as a PS5 title at launch, we are hopeful that it takes advantage of this next-gen feature.

Aside from GTA, we expect that multiplayer games such as Call of Duty: Warzone and FIFA 21 will allow players to choose the game mode directly from the PS5’s home page.

From a single-player perspective, the ability to choose which level you want to load into will be a game changer.

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Oliver Barsby