PS5 developer claims BASIC function was not added at launch to avoid crunch

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Riga, Latvia - November 23 2020: Sony PlayStation 5 game console on black background. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is PS5's biggest launch game. Man holding joystick

PLAYSTATION has recently launched an update for PS5 which will allow players to group apps inside folders for the first time.

Xbox players have been able to do this from the launch of the Series X/S via Groups.

Two years after launch folders are finally on the PlayStation 5.

However, despite players wanting to clean up the homepage on their consoles for years, Sony never implemented the change.

While the PS4 had this function, the PS5 has a completely new user interface, meaning it had to be developed from scratch.

Folders are now available on PS5, however one developer was not happy with how the change was reported.

Former product manager at PlayStation, Steven Trombetta, hit back against the reporting on Twitter.

Trombetta claims that the reason a feature like this wasn’t included at launch was because he didn’t want his team to “crunch”.

Crunch is the industry term for employees spending excessive amounts of overtime at work in order to get work completed quickly.

It is unfortunately common in gaming, with stories of some developers living in their offices for weeks before a big launch.

His tweet reads: “We built this console in the middle of a global pandemic without requiring crunch from anyone.

“Some things had to go to make that a reality.  It’d be nice if you weren’t rude about it. 

“Employee health was the priority and I’m glad it was.”

While Xbox has had Groups since the launch of its Series consoles, the company has not commented on whether its employees crunched to get it out on time.

PlayStation fans have responded positively to the tweets.

Many were saying they are glad that PlayStation staff didn’t crunch for the console.

Despite this, people are happy that folders are finally here.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.