The PlayStation 5 Storage Problem Finally Has a Solution, But There’s a Catch

Published 07/30/2021, 12:58 PM EDT
A Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console, taken on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images)


PlayStation 5 is a powerful, top-notch console that has a lot to offer. But the one drawback gamers thought the console had was regarding storage. Owners of the console couldn’t increase the storage capacity of the main SSD. But Sony has released a beta software that lets a few people increase the capacity of the main storage using a fast, 4th gen M.2 SSD. But not all fast, 4th gen M.2 SSDs can be used with the PS5. They have to possess the right measurements and meet all of Sony’s requirements.

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M.2 SSDs are the only way to play PS5 games

VGC reports that “While players can currently attach an external drive to the PlayStation 5 via USB, these aren’t capable of playing PS5 games. They can only be used for playing PS4 games.” This means that using high-end M.2 SSDs is the only way to increase storage space and play PS5 games.

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Users will be able to extend the storage on the main drive when the system update finally arrives. Right now, only a handful of people involved in the beta testing of the future update are getting to try things out.

Living room with a Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console and DualSense controller alongside a television, taken on Novemebr 3, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images )

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PlayStation 5 storage upgrade: all there is to know

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As has been mentioned before, not all drives are fast and SSDs will make the cut. If the SSD is too large or if the measurements aren’t right, the SSD won’t be compatible with the PS5. The device can’t be over 22mm wide and 11.25mm tall. And users will also have to install their own heatsink onto the device to mitigate any cooling issues.

Even if a user gets everything right, Sony doesn’t promise that everything will work properly. And there’s also a chance the gaming experience might be different from when you’re gaming on internal SSD.

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All things considered, Sony’s attempt at fixing the storage problem isn’t bad per se, but it’s far from ideal. Users just need to be super careful setting things up. And a list of SSD-related requirements can be found on the official website for PlayStation 5.

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Soumyadyuti Ghosh

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An eSports writer at EssentiallySports, Soumyadyuti Ghosh is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Management. Before becoming an eSports writer for EssentiallySports, he worked as a freelance content writer, editor, and proofreader and primarily worked on projects revolving around insurance, travel, and gadgets. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things eSports, a rather unhealthy obsession with playing video games, and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the gaming industry make him a video game aficionado.

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