Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will not be supporting expanded internal SSD storage when the console launches in just under a week.
The gaming giant confirmed the news to The Verge, stating they plan to introduce the functionality in the future via an update. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, since Sony has stressed several times they need to verify what SSDs can be used.
During the GDC back in March, Sony’s Mark Cerny made it clear that those looking to expand storage would have to be patient. “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,” Cerny stated.
The PS5 features a custom I/O interface that consumer SSDs need to be checked against for compatibility, outside of the 5.5GB/s minimum speed requirements the only some PCie 4.0 SSDs are starting to reach. Sony also needs to make sure that the SSD will be able to fit within the enclosure for the NVMe expansion. According to The Verge, Sony hasn’t even started testing SSDs for viability.
Of course, this poses a problem for future PS5 owners who plan on playing multiple games rather soon. All PS5 games need to be installed to the internal SSD to play, while PS4 titles can be stored and played from external drives. With reports of the PS5 having a little over 650GB of useable storage, it’s going to be a constant game of uninstalling and reinstalling games before expansions become available.