One of the most criticized aspects of the PS5 at its launch was its relatively small internal storage space.. Although the advertising claimed that it would have 825 GB, more than 100 GB are dedicated to the correct functioning of games and other applications. In total, players are 667GB – a minuscule amount considering the size of games today. Even more worrying, it did not offer a solution to that problem.
Shortly before the launch of PS5, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that it would work to allow console users to expand internal storage via an M.2 SSD.
Which PS5 Users Can Try Internal Storage Expansion?
Internal storage expansion with an M.2 SSD is only available to PS5 beta users. To apply to the beta program, just follow this link. The program is only available in the United States, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, and England.
Which M.2 SSDs are compatible with PlayStation 5 (PS5)?
Through these tests, Sony will evaluate different types of M.2 SSDs to determine what might be the best options for consumers. In other words, there is currently no list of supported SSDs. However, Sony has established specifications.
What specs should the M.2 SSD have?
The M.2 SSD must have a capacity between 250GB and 4TB. Read speed must be at least 5,500mb per second. It can be one of the following lengths: 30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm and 110mm. It should be 22mm wide. The storage drive must be “PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD”. If it doesn’t come with a heatsink, those interested will need to purchase one.
How to install M.2 SSD storage drive to expand storage de PlayStation 5 (PS5)
Sony has detailed how to install an M.2 SSD storage drive on PS5. Follow this link to see the steps
What’s in the beta ‘software’ update for PS5?
In addition to enabling storage expansion, the update brings the following:
- Audio Support 3D Audio for Speakers
- Interface improvements
- More customization options in the control center
- “Friends” tab with more administration options
- PlayStation 4 and 5 versions are now separate in the library
- Players can choose in 720p and 1080p on PlayStation Now