Published on February 27th, 2021 📆 | 1837 Views ⚑0
Good News For PS5 Owners: Storage expansion firmware update
PS5 is a demanding console. Be it the sheer amount of power or the storage that is required to play games on the PS5. While the console does not lack power, it does lack storage space. Even 4-5 titles can easily fill-up the 825 GB SSD that is soldered on the board itself. From that 825 GB of storage, you have to frequently install game-updates that also increase the space occupied by a game. Lastly, if you love Call of Duty: Warzone and want to play the game and the new iteration, Call of Duty: Cold War, be ready to compromise at least half of your storage space for the two titles.
The good news is that PS5 is getting a firmware update this summer that will help it to recognize an additional M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD as additional storage. Space exists in the chassis of the PS5 but the software does not support or recognize any SSD at the moment. It seemed a bit illogical at the time of the launch to not issue the compatibility along with it, but it sounded future-proof and helped sell a lot of PS5 consoles, so why not.
If you own a PS5 at present then you can relate to the astounding amount of storage space that new PS5 titles like SpiderMan: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Cold War, Assasins Creed: Valhalla, etc, to name a few. All these games, which are not many in number, if installed simultaneously on the PS5, make it inept to install any more games. If you wish to add external storage via USB, PS5 only supports running PS4 games with backward compatibility. It does not allow users to install any PS5 title on external storage, thus aggravating the misery of the users.
With the support for now expanding your storage, you can easily enjoy multiple titles without uninstalling a few to make room for the new titles. One important thing to note is that the expandable storage that PS5 supports for PS5 games is currently limited to SSD only. That too a PCIe Gen 4 one. A novice that does not know about PCIe Generations, must understand that newer gen 4 SSD supports the fastest data transfer speed possible in a storage drive. That speed comes at an additional cost that can go up to almost half the price of your PS5 digital edition. You simply cannot purchase a Gen 4 SSD and plug it inside the PS5. It will only support a group of manufacturers which was evident from the launch of PS5. So, in addition to waiting for a firmware update, you also have to wait for a compatible SSD to hit the markets.
I hope that the summer deadline is not extended again, as quite a few months have passed and PS5 owners are getting frustrated. Cyberpunk 2077 is yet to release for the PS5 and when it does, be prepared for a whole lot of memory chugging by the game. One more thing, merely having the firmware update does not alleviate the storage concern and Sony should also release a list of compatible SSD’s and a link to purchase them easily without shelling out extra money on scalped SSD.