Today in a new post on the PlayStation website, Sony has described in detail how to expand the SSD storage space for the PlayStation 5. The process is potentially eye-catching, at least for those unfamiliar with such things.
Sony has confirmed a memory expansion for the PS5 for the first time again in November, and noted that it would use an M.2 solid state drive (SSD). There are also the kinks that PS5 games need to run on an SSD; a mere hard drive is simply not technically capable of running next generation games. While it is possible to save and play PS4 games from an external drive, PS5 users have had to deal with 667.2GB of storage for PS5 games for months. (Despite an 825 GB list on the can, some space on the system is being used by the operating system, important files, and a frustratingly confusing “other” field that swells without explanation.)
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The possibility of expanding the SSD of a PS5 will initially be introduced in a system update that will be made available to so-called beta users. (For the uninitiated, This is how you get into this program.)
First, there are some requirements to what drives you can and cannot save. They have a limited capacity and can choose between 250 GB and 4 TB of storage space. The read speed must be at least 5,500 MB per second. The module itself must have one of five specific lengths – 30 mm, 42 mm, 60 mm, 80 mm, 110 mm – and 22 mm wide. (Sony says that a 25mm drive is not supported by the PS5.) You also need one with this interface: “PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD”.
Then you’ll need a heat sink, assuming the drive you get doesn’t have one built in. Here’s an image that looks like it was taken straight from a government-issued regulatory manual, the most popular easy-to-use type of text: Indicate the recommended dimensions for a double-sided:
and then– yes, there is more – you have to partially disassemble your console by removing the external plates, unscrewing the expansion slot cover, carefully screwing in your SSD, adjusting the spacer in it, and then reattaching the cover and plates with a little more space , of which Sony recommends about 2cm. Sony has detailed this in a number of IKEA brochure illustrations.
Note: Before doing this, make sure your PS5 is up to date. You can check this by going to the “System Software” submenu in the “System” menu in the settings of your console. The Console Information option should tell you whether or not you are using the latest version – which again is only available to beta users. After you’ve successfully installed your SSD, you should see a new box in the memory-oriented areas of your PS5’s operating system shows options for an “M.2 SSD”.
To expand your SSD capacity on the Xbox Series X / S, You plug in a proprietary 1TB expansion card for $ 219 into a slot on the console.
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