Back in March 2020’s PlayStation 5’s system architecture ‘deep dive,’ Sony’s Mark Cerny did mention (23:30 in the video below) that support for expandable storage would most likely be “a bit past” launch, and that appears to hold true.The PlayStation 5 has a dedicated internal slot that will fit a standard stick-shaped M.2 SSD, but it will seemingly be disabled when PS5 is released on November 12, 2020.
Cerny also warned against purchasing an M.2 SSD until Sony gives official word on which SSDs will be fully supported and optimized on PS5 to give you the best performance.
It’s important to note that PS5 will support USB external storage at launch, and this will be a good way to play PS4 games or those that don’t need to utilize the faster speed of the SSD.
Confirmed PlayStation 5 Games
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, on the other hand, will support expandable SSD storage at launch with the official 1 TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card that will fit into a dedicated slot on the back of the consoles.
Hopefully, the support for expandable storage won’t be too far in the future, as we already know that games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will take up to 133 GB of space on PS5, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ Ultimate Edition and Demon’s Souls will take up 105 GB and 66 GB, respectively.
PlayStation 5 is only a few days away, and we’ve already shared our PS5 unboxing video and our first impressions of Astro’s Playroom and its use of the DualSense controller and the next-gen version of NBA 2K21.
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