Despite what the marketing may have said at the time, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart coming to PC seems to have put the whole SSD discussion to bed once and for all. A solid-state drive is officially listed as “recommended” rather than required to run the game at minimum settings.
Much was made of the game’s poor ability to load content instantly, a feat that console gamers have become increasingly accustomed to in later years. Insomniac creative director Marcus Smith let the bad-age reference slip into one video Posted on PlayStation’s YouTube channel (thanks VGC) before the launch, stating that:
“Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a game that uses measurements and dimensional rifts, and it wouldn’t be possible without the PlayStation 5’s solid state drive.”
He said, on The PlayStation BlogNixxes Software (responsible for this particular port) strongly recommends that you enjoy it with an SSD, noting: “While Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart can be enjoyed using an HDD and minimum system requirements, we encourage players to use an SSD with the recommended system requirements or higher.
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