PS5 is not going to support SSD storage expansion. The PS5 promises to be one of the fastest consoles ever. Thanks to its internal storage unit, the new generation console is able to load video games without any problem. However, the only problem is, with games that already reach 135GB as ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ the expansion units are going to be almost indispensable. SSD expansion might solve this problem but Sony confirmed that at launch there will be no possibility to do so.
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Sony’s SSD is a hell of a machine. Industry experts such as Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, says it is “way ahead of any PC”. But the 825GB internal storage can fall short and that’s when we’re going to looking for an SSD expansion. At the moment and in the first stage of the console, that is not going to be possible, so we will have to manage the available space well.
When Sony unveiled the interior of the PS5 with an official teardown video, we were able to see what the expansion system looked like. The console has an internal slot to place an SSD M.2 and it is apparently easy to access. This slot is apparently disabled at first.
Sony confirmed that it will not be possible to expand the PS5’s storage with SSD at its launch. This functionality will come in the future through a console firmware update.
What is the reason for this? Apparently not all SSD M.2 units on the market are powerful and fast enough to match the PS5. Neither do they all fit in the console slot nor are they compatible with the Sony driver. The SSD you want to mount on a PS5 should have 5.5GB/s bandwidth, PCIe 4.0, etc.
PS5 is not going to support SSD storage expansion for now. Sony needs to launch a compatibility and testing program in order to certify current SSDs on the market. Something they have said they will do by the end of this year. At the moment, if a user buys the new PS5 he/she will have to wait a little longer to add an extra SSD. At least until we know which one is compatible.