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PS5 internal SSD storage expansion support not offered at launch

The PS5 has an internal slot that’s meant to be used to expand SSD storage space, but Sony has today confirmed the functionality won’t be supported at launch.

Speaking with The Verge, Sony has said that external SSD expansion support will be “reserved for a future update”, meaning players will need to rely on the PS5’s reported 667GB SSD and USB 3.0-powered external hard drives for storage right now. PS5 games cannot be played from USB 3.0-powered drives.

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Sony has said that M.2 SSDs will been to exceed transfer speeds of 5.5GB/second over a PCI Gen4 bandwidth connection. A list of supported drives has not been issued by Sony, with tech lead Mark Cerny urging players to hold off on buying a drive just in case it’s not complaint.

The PS5 heads to store shelves on 12 November.


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