PS5 Won’t Offer SSD Storage Expansion Support At Launch, Confirms Sony

The subsequent technology of gaming is sort of right here and the PlayStation 5, very similar to the Xbox Series X, boasts impressively quick loading occasions and crisp efficiency for the years forward. Thanks to the PS5’s SSD, getting right into a sport is simpler and quicker than ever, however the precise storage? That may use a little bit enchancment. 

The PlayStation 5 system does have an inner slot that’s meant to host exterior storage choices, although at launch this function will probably be disabled relating to the SSD particularly. A Sony rep confirmed this to The Verge, saying that exterior storage assist is “reserved for a future update.” 

While this may not be a large shock to PlayStation followers as a consequence of Sony’s Mark Cerny opening up about storage choices earlier this 12 months, the affirmation that exterior storage choices will not be obtainable proper out of the gate is essential to know. Even extra so with the large dimension of sport downloads, some even over 100GB (like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War).

In a earlier dialogue concerning the SSD, Cerny clarified that Sony needed to have this obtainable at launch however not all M.2 SSDs are quick sufficient to maintain true to PS5 efficiency targets. For one’s personal SSD, the efficiency would wish to exceed 5.5GB per second with over PCIe Gen4 bandwidth connection. Because of that, Cerny has urged PlayStation followers to “hold off” on their very own SSDs for now. 

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Both Xbox and PlayStation techniques are impacted by storage issues within the age of 50+ GB sport downloads, particularly so with the digital-only choices obtainable for each. That being mentioned, there’s an alternate choice for those who do not care concerning the SSD optimization. For these PlayStation four video games (thanks, Backwards Compatibility) that are not reliant on the SSD quicker speeds, and exterior USB stick will work on the system at launch. The similar goes with the Xbox Series consoles, although that system dates again to the unique Xbox for an expanded library. 

[Source: The Verge]

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