Storage Galore: New PS5 Update Finally Lets Users Add More Space For Games

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Enlarge / A major new PS5 firmware update allows gamers to upgrade the console’s internal storage through an M.2 SSD.

Gamers will be able to add PS5-specific M.2 SSDs with a new system update rolling out tomorrow, two months after a beta featuring the option was made available to users who signed up.

As detailed in a post on the PlayStation blog, the update gives users the option to increase the overall storage capacity of the PS5 by installing a PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD (ranging from 250GB to 4TB) that meets to certain technical and dimensional requirements. Once the M.2 player is installed, the new storage can be used to copy, download, update and play PS4 and PS5 games as well as multimedia applications. The result will essentially add a second fully functional internal player to the console.

This is a big step forward from the “cold storage” solution that was added to the system in April, which allowed the latest generation games to run directly from an external hard drive. standard or SSD via USB – and especially to keep gamers from doing the same for PS5 games. As a result, the feature did little more than let gamers free up space for PS5 games by storing PS4 games on an external drive… storage than re-downloading them from scratch. For PS5 gamers, this failed to alleviate the issues related to the console’s 667 GB of internal free space.

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As a public release of the update beta released from July, the specifications for usable M.2 SSDs appear to be unchanged. Both single and double-sided M.2 devices can be used, and Sony recommends a minimum sequential read speed of at least 5500MB / s. Compatible devices also require a heat dissipation component with a cooling structure.

In physical terms, to fit in the SSD slot of the PS5, the width of a drive cannot exceed 25mm (which includes space for a heat sink). Meanwhile, the length can range from 30 to 110mm depending on the model. Users have the option of using a drive with a built-in heat sink or installing their own, although Sony specifies that the PS5’s case only allows full SSD depth and heat dissipation of up to 11, 25 mm. Although the company does not currently have a list of specific compatible M.2 recommended models, it does indicate that the “majority” of M key numbers 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 will fit into the expansion bay. storage of the PS5.

A few standard disclaimers apply, just like during beta. Gamers running games from an SSD may not have the same experience playing from the PS5’s standard internal storage, regardless of a device’s sequential playback speed. Sony also does not guarantee that every M.2 SSD with these specifications will work. It’s probably best to stick with well-known names like Seagate and WD Black, both of which offer low-profile built-in models in a range of storage capacities. (Samsung is also a reliable choice, although it should be noted that to date the manufacturer does not offer any compatible device with a built-in heat sink.)

Compared to the Xbox Series S and X, which require a proprietary $ 220 1TB memory card (unless you want to try this hack), the cheaper and wider selection of SSDs that work with this update on the PS5 is a huge improvement. Storage-hungry game fans like Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, which can take up over 200 GB on a full install, should find a welcome change.

Along with SSD expansion options, the new update also includes 3D audio capabilities for the integrated TV speakers and new features on the PS5’s dashboard and UX, among other additions.


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