The PlayStation 5 won’t support external SSDs at launch


One of the most worrying features coming on next-gen consoles is the size… situation. Not the physical size of them. We’ll manage to fit ‘em even if they were fridge-sized. The PlayStation 5 just comes with about 700GB of usable storage space. And as we all know, games aren’t getting smaller

Why? Because Sony’s next-gen console is fitted with a Solid State Drive (SSD), replacing the older HDD. This means games will load faster and basically eliminate loading screens, making the possibilities for world-shifting in seconds a real thing. This SSD is not particularly big, however. Which means there’s not enough space for Black Ops: Cold War as well as three or four additional games. We reckon. 

No SSDs make me SSaD

Sony has developed external SSDs that users can plug into the console to add some storage space and keep the SSD speed advantage intact. But, this week, Sony confirmed in a statement to The Verge that the console won’t support these accessories come launch day. 

“While the PS5 features a dedicated internal slot that can theoretically fit standard stick-shaped M.2 SSDs and an easy way to access it, the slot will apparently be disabled out of the box,” The Verge details. 

It’s a strange move by the company, but we’ll definitely see support for the additional storage thingies through an update… after day one. We just don’t quite know when that is, and that’s a little concerning. “It’d be great if that happened by launch, but it’s likely to be a bit past it, so please hold off on getting that M.2 drive until you hear from us,” said PlayStation hardware architect Mark Cerny, according to The Verge.

The reason for this is that the M.2 SSD drives still need to go through some testing to make sure they’re ready to roll out. Being Sony, they won’t necessarily roll out hardware that doesn’t work come launch day. It makes sense. Still sucks a bit, though. 



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