The PS5 was promised to have an expandable storage option before it was released. Considering how the base model only has 825GB SSD storage, with only 662GB left for game installations, users of the next-gen console will be more than keen to have expandable storage options for their games. This could not be done when the console first launched, however, recently the feature has been introduced in beta and will soon be available to all.
PS5’s Storage better than Xbox’s expandable solution
Microsoft too offers an expandable storage solution, but that restricts users to buy a Seagate proprietary expansion card which can be plugged into the back of the console. Whereas Sony offers its player to choose from a variety of drives by different third-party manufacturers provided they meet the minimum requirements for the PS5.
Only beta software testers can try this feature for now and the SSD should be approved by Sony beforehand for maximum compatibility. Other SDDs would still work but they would need to meet the requirements set by Sony in terms of dimensions, size and performance. The requirements can be found here.
The second problem is that with the SSD, users need a heatsink to keep things cool. Sony has instructed that this heatsink is absolutely necessary as airflow will not reach the way the SSD is positioned. Users will first have to see if their SSD is double-sided or single sided and then choose a compatible heatsink.
No compatible drives announced
As of now, no announcement has been made by Sony on which SSDs are compatible with the PS5. The requirements and specifications have been told and users will have to check for themselves on which drives work and which don’t. Sony also advised that although a third-party SSD might match the specifications of Sony’s SSD drive, there might still be a big difference in performance.
Still in beta
If you are not one of the beta testers, popping up your PS5 cover and installing a drive would only leave you disappointed as this feature is still in beta. Moreover, even if a drive matches specifications it’s not guaranteed to work. If you are still feeling adventurous, you can vouch for the beta program right here.
In other news, GTA 5 will soon be leaving the Xbox’s Gamepass service, read about it here.