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.