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The PlayStation 5 will not allow users to add more solid-state storage at launch; functionality expected to arrive via a future update

PlayStation 5 fans may have to wait a while before attempting to expand the console's storage
PlayStation 5 fans may have to wait a while before attempting to expand the console's storage (image via Sony)
A Sony spokesperson has confirmed that PlayStation 5 users will not be able to install their own NVMe SSDs on the console at launch. Users may have to wait for a few months for Sony to enable the feature via a software update. However, the console will support external USB hard disks, allowing users to play last-generation titles with ease.

Although the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X come with 1TB hard disk, it will not be enough in the coming years. Recently, we found out that the Xbox Series S comes with a pitiful 364GB of usable solid-state storage, but at the very least, it can be expanded. PlayStation 5 users, on the other hand, won't have the privilege until much later in the release cycle.

A Sony spokesperson has told The Verge that the PlayStation 5's memory cannot be expanded upon launch and that the feature will be enabled via a future update. The console's teardown showed us that it comes with a free NVMe slot, which can bolster its memory. While Microsoft forces users to buy a proprietary US$220 hard drive, installing it is a whole lot easier, as it plugs right into the console. However, installing a solid-state drive on the PlayStation 5 requires some minor disassembly work, which may prove to be a daunting task for less tech-savvy users.

At the very least, the PlayStation 5 users will be able to play PlayStation 4 games off a USB hard drive. It will come as a boon to many enthusiasts as the current PlayStation 5 library isn't particularly large now. It'll be interesting to see how Sony addresses the expandable storage conundrum. Sony may or may not let will let users install just about any PCI-e Gen4 NVMe SSD into the console, as its needs to check a lot of boxes like high memory bandwidth, compatibility with Sony's I/O controller, and more, before it can run on the console. In all likelihood, Sony may be waiting for faster, more power-efficient NVMe SSDs to hit the market before allowing users to chuck one in the PlayStation 5.

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-11- 5 (Update: 2020-11- 6)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2