Sony to Enable PlayStation 5’s M.2 SSD Expansion Slot This Summer

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Sony will allow PlayStation 5 owners to bolster their built-in storage by enabling the next-gen console’s M.2 expansion slot sometime this summer. The news comes from Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki, whose sources noted that the update would also introduce higher fan speed settings for improved cooling so the console doesn’t overheat. These settings may increase the operating noise of the system, however.

“Sony’s latest console has a customized architecture that accelerates loading and processing times, but makes it impractical to plug in an external hard drive, the typical way gamers add storage,” Bloomberg explained. “Such a drive can only be used for older PS4 games. After the planned firmware upgrade, players need only take a plastic cover off the PS5 and attach a new storage unit to address the current limitations.”

“As previously announced, we are working to enable M.2 SSD storage expansion for PlayStation 5,” a Sony spokesman said. “The timing has not been announced and details will be shared later.”

The PlayStation 5 ships with an ultra-fast, custom SSD with around 667 GB of usable storage space, which isn’t a lot considering the size of modern blockbuster games. Sony will presumably publish a list of compatible M.2 SSDs when it launches its PS5 expansion slot update this summer.

Tsing Mui
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