PS5 SSD storage cannot be upgraded at launch

PlayStation 5

Thanks to the Sony invention of the fastest solid-state drives ever made, PlayStation 5 can load virtual worlds way quicker than ever before. Recently, Sony has confirmed that users won’t be able to expand that fast processing SSD storage upon launching.

The PS5 features an integrated internal slot that can actually fit standard stick-shaped M.2SSDs and an easy way to access it. Sony says that the slot will be disabled out of the box to reserve for a future update.

This is indeed not a big surprise if people have been watching closing to PS5 news. Mark Cerny, PlayStation hardware architect has talked about the SSD storage expansion feature as part of his technical preview.

Cerny told users to hold off on acquiring that M.2 drive as Sony can only make up until this stage of the SSD storage. He explained the holdup that not all M.2 SSDs run quick enough to keep up with PS5 and thin enough to fit into the SSD slot. Moreover, not all M.2 SSDs are compatible with Sony’s I/O console.

How PS5 users can deal with it

Users might have to manage their PS5’s internal storage seriously in the meantime. For users’ information, the 825GB SSD drive of PS5 may end up with only 667GB of available storage. These are the size requirements for some of the PS5 launch games:

  • SackBoy: A Big Adventure: 32GB
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: 133GB
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition (includes Spider-Man Remastered): 105GB
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales: 50GB
  • Demon’s Souls: 66GB

Nonetheless, storage isn’t a very concern problem for Sony since Microsoft also decided to acquire SSD for its 512GB Xbox Series S and 1TB Xbox Series X. The Xbox have 802GB and 364GB respectively.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

Good news is all of these devices also support USB external storage. Furthermore,  Sony assured that it will be available on PS5 on day one. Cerny mentioned that it’s an ideal way to add multiple PS4 games to PS5. This because they do not require the faster-speed the SSD can unlock. Apart from that, Microsoft also allows players to play Xbox 360, Xbox One and OG Xbox games.

A friendly reminder is buying an Xbox or PS5 with a disk drive doesn’t mean players would not need all of that internal storage. Since both of the consoles biggest disc-based games need to install them to a drive. The disc simply reduced the number of bits needed to be download.


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