A new kind of computer memory that is up to 1,000 times faster than flash storage is to go on sale in 2016, helping scientists and games developers alike.
A new kind of memory technology is going into production, which is up to 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage used in memory cards and computers’ solid state drives (SSDs).
The innovation is called 3D XPoint, and is the invention of Intel and Micron.
At present, level designs are limited by how much data can be stored in the RAM – or, strictly, a type of RAM chip called dynamic RAM (DRAM).
That’s why players sometimes have to halt their play while they wait for the machine to load a new section.
But if the data can be loaded more quickly from 3D XPoint, the developers should, in theory, be able to deliver them bigger, open worlds and a more seamless experience.