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06 Nov 2020

PS5 Won't Support SSD Expansions At Launch, Coming In A Future Update

PS5 is just days away, but following the revelations about 1440p support for the console earlier this week, we now have confirmation that the PS5 will not offer expandable storage at launch.

While users will be able to plug their existing USB 3.0 hard drive into the PS5 and play PS4 titles from it, standard M.2 SSDs aren't currently fast enough for the PlayStation 5 to run games from, or are incompatible with the console's I/O controller.

PS5 Won't Support SSD Expansions At Launch

While Microsoft offers a 1 TB storage card to expand the memory of the Series X and Series S, Sony's console has a slot for stick-shaped M.2 SSDs.

In a statement to The Verge, Sony noted that “[T]his is reserved for a future update”.

This shouldn't be too surprising, given that Mark Cerny, the console's hardware architect, noted as much back in March.

“Please hold off on getting that M.2 drive until you hear from us,” Cerny said at the time.

If Sony does opt for non-proprietary storage, there's a chance it could end up being cheaper than Microsoft's option, but we'll find out in the coming months.

Let's hope we hear soon since the PlayStation 5 will only offer 664GB of usable storage after system files are taken into account.

For more on the console, check out our full rundown of the PS5's UI here.

Looking to grab a console for launch? Be sure to check out our comparison of both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 here.