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Sony and Microsoft have managed to pack some impressive hardware into their next-gen consoles, but something that might disappoint gamers is the true capacity of their SSDs.

According to a few lucky individuals who managed to score a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S early, these consoles only have 667 GB and 364 GB of usable storage space, respectively – a stark difference from what’s listed on their specification sheets (825 GB for PS5, 512 GB for XSS).

This would mean that PS5’s system files take up 158 GB of space, while the Xbox Series S’s system files take up 148 GB of space. Next-gen console owners will definitely have to think about other storage solutions, such as third-party SSDs and Microsoft’s expansion cards.

It was previously reported that the Xbox Series X’s 1 TB SSD offers 802 GB of usable space. That doesn’t seem too bad, but next-gen titles such as Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (136 GB) are poised to take a big bite out of that.

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5 Comments

  1. I feel like no one should be surprised by this. It sucks, but it was always going to suck.

    Next we’ll all be shocked that the 1TB SSD in the XBSX is 10^12 bytes and not 2^40.

  2. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 22978, member: 96″]
    I feel like no one should be surprised by this. It sucks, but it was always going to suck.

    Next we’ll all be shocked that the 1TB SSD in the XBSX is 10^12 bytes and not 2^40.
    [/QUOTE]
    The new IEEE rules on storage capacity blows.

  3. That’s not a lot, luckily for me I don’t play FPS games on console as they seem to be among the worst offenders space wise

  4. Yeah system OS overhead and whatnot, I remember the launch PS4 had a 500gb hdd but less than 400 was available for game installs. That was one of the first things I did with my PS4, install a 2TB hdd. But 2TB super dooper fast NVME drives (that work on PS5) are not going to be cheap. Get ready for $200 for 1 TB, $400 for 2TB etc

  5. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 22979, member: 215″]
    The new IEEE rules on storage capacity blows.
    [/QUOTE]
    I refuse to ever use the term “tebibyte” or “gibibyte.” These binary terms were only made so drive manufacturers didn’t have to accurately market how much storage their drives actually came with.

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