Sony will soon enable PlayStation 5 owners to expand their storage by way of SSD expansion this summer. According to Bloomberg, this option will be opened up to players via a firmware update, allowing players to use a third-party storage expansion, adding to the console’s 825GB of storage.
Sources have told Bloomberg that Sony’s PlayStation 5 firmware update for storage expansion is coming later in the summer. The concept behind the update surrounds the console’s cooling fan, which maintains a cool temperature when turned on and is reading/running software. During the PlayStation 5 teardown video published by Sony last year, it was shown that the console has an easy-to-access compartment for additional M.2 SSD. However, upon launch, storage expansion has not been enabled.
The PlayStation 5 features a custom SSD that enables games to load quickly and run efficiently. Therefore, any third-party SSD used on the console would need to be equally as fast in order to run the software as intended.
Although the PlayStation 5 has 825GB of storage built-in, a portion of that is taken for the console’s operating system, and future firmware updates. Realistically, the console only has 667GB of usable space. This is most certainly a step up from the base PlayStation 4, which supplies 500GB of storage.
Given that the sizes of games continue to increase, especially when looking at Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, the storage expansion of the PlayStation 5 will be welcomed by many players this summer.