Sony's Playstation 5 won't support SSD expansion at launch
Sony's upcoming Playstation 5 console is all set to launch in just a couple of days now. Even now, new information is coming to light everyday and Sony has confirmed that the gaming console won't support M.2 NVMe SSD expansions at launch.
Sony said in a statement to The Verge, that expandable storage for PS5 will be possible in a future update. Out of the box, the Sony PS5 won't support just any NVMe SSD that you have lying around- as unlikely as that is.
PS5 could suffer from storage shortage soon after launch
Since Sony has gone with a custom SSD and SSD controller on the Playstation 5, the console ships with an 825 GB SSD on the Standard as well as the Digital Edition. Of the total 825 GB, only 668 GB is usable, as was confirmed earlier this week by people who got their hands on a PS5 early.
The PS5's custom SSD has read/write speeds up to 5.5 GB/s, which is hard to match by most SSDs.
Sony detailed that they would provide information regarding which NVMe SSD's will be compatible with the PS5 soon after the console is launched. In a recent interview, Mark Cerny, Lead System Architect of the PS4 and PS5, stated that the SSDs on the PS5 are highly capable and other SSDs will also have to match the 5.5 GB/s transfer rates. He also stated that the late entry of SSD expansions will help elongate the console's life.
Moreover, the SSD bay in the Playstation 5 might not support SSDs which are a bit bigger and bulky in size. Additionally, there is also no room for an SSD with a heatsink in this console.
This issue of low space is one that might put off a few people. Games these days are becoming bulkier than ever before with sizes more than even 130 GB (Call of Duty Modern Warfare is the perfect example). With just 668 GB of usable space, you are most likely going to fill it up quite soon.
However, through a future update, after Sony has detailed which SSDs will work with the console, you can go ahead and update your storage.