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PlayStation Allows Expansion of SSDs in Latest Update

Published 09/25/2021, 4:01 PM EDT

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Sony’s senior vice president Hideaki Nishino discussed the update released worldwide on September 15 in a blog post. This update allowed PlayStation 5 users to expand their system memory using external SSDs. The blog post also went over Hideaki’s experiences and his perspective as the senior vice-president of the Japanese company.

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PlayStation 5: SSDs offer a smoother experience


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The PS5 uses a solid-state drive (SSD), which is a new generation of storage technology. SSDs make use of flash memory. The SSD-equipped PS5 is significantly faster than the outdated PS4’s mechanical hard disc. A good SSD lowers the time it takes for games to load and offers an overall smoother experience.

Speaking in the official PlayStation Podcast, Sony VP Hideaki Nishino said that various console usage patterns were observed. Keeping this in mind, Sony released two versions of the PS5. A disc one and a digital one. Nishino also stated that Sony did this, keeping in mind customer choice.


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Adding to what he said before, he shared that Sony knew, no matter how much storage they include in the PS5, it will at some point in time reach maximum capacity. Sony wanted to provide options and an alternative where they could enable upgrade capability for players. The M.2 SSD feature was already developed in 2018. Even though there was uncertainty regarding the availability of Gen4 SSDs, Sony had faith.

Nishino finally said, “With [lead system architect Mark Cerny], we debated and discussed. We finally decided, ‘yeah, let’s do this.’ This will open the door for users to expand and improve the capability of the PS5. So, that’s the behind-the-scenes conversation we had internally, and I’m glad we can deliver this now for the holiday season.


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Sony also released other quality of life changes such as T adding 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers and addressing the headache players have had with screenshot notifications.


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The PS5 was released on the 12th of November 2020. However, gamers are still finding it tough to get their hands on a console.

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Tanmay Gupta


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Tanmay is an e-sports writer at Essentially Sports. Pursuing his Bachelor’s in Journalism at Christ University Bangalore, he is passionate about video games and the stories they tell. He has a keen interest in analyzing video games and writing about them.
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