The PlayStation 5 boast an extremely fast SSD but the storage space available storage space leaves much to be desired. Preformatted the PlayStation 5 includes a custom 825 GB SSD but the operating system needs to use some of that space leaving around 650 GB of space for players to install and play games with. That is not much space when you take in to account some of the space requirements for of the games launching with the system:
- SackBoy: A Big Adventure: 32GB
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales: 50GB
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition (includes Spider-Man Remastered): 105GB
- Demon’s Souls: 66GB
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: 133GB
That’s over 350 GB of games just on launch day, over half of the available storage space. The PlayStation 5 features the ability to add a high speed NVMe M.2 to increase the system’s storage space but that feature will not be available when the console launches in a few days. PlayStation designer Mark Cerny spoke about upgrading the PS5 storage back in March saying “It’d be great if that happened by launch, but it’s likely to be a bit past it, so please hold off on getting that M.2 drive until you hear from us,”. Sony will be testing M.2 SSDs and compiling a list of supported drive models, some drives just wont be fast enough for the PS5 or will be incompatible with the hardware. Sony hasn’t said when drive upgrade support will arrive for the PS5 other than it will be added after launch. The PS5 supports external USB storage that will be available on day one for PS4 games. PS4 games don’t require the fast drive speed that PS5 games do, making them able to be played from an external USB 3 HDD. Sony says they are looking to add the ability to store but not play PS5 games on USB drives so users can just copy them back to their PS5s without having to redownload them, this will be especially useful for those with data caps or slower internet speeds.
The PlayStation 5 will be available on November 12th in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and November 19th in the UK and rest of the world.