Not only does the PlayStation 5 look futuristic, but it is also hugely popular, and Sony has not been able to meet demand since it launched. Hopefully, that will change at some point, but you can count yourself lucky as a PS5 owner. Of course, the hardware under the case is the finest and state-of-the-art, with the SSD hard drive contributing a vital part. It reduces loading times to a minimum, making gaming even more fun. Unfortunately, there is one downer because the built-in SSD can fall back on “only” 825 GB. That’s a lot on paper, but only to a limited extent in practice.
On the one hand, the operating system still has to be removed, and on the other hand, games are becoming more and more beautiful and, therefore, more significant. An extreme example is Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War because it takes up around 220 GB on the console after the latest update (fourth season). Annoying with an actual free memory of only 667.2 GB.
Fortunately, it is not that dramatic at the end of the day because Sony has thought along with it and given the PlayStation 5 an M.2 SSD slot. This is very easy to reach and accepts a supported M.2 SSD. Therefore, the memory can be expanded without any problems, but depending on the size, it is an expensive pleasure.
Simply buying and installing is not possible either, because it not only has to be a suitable memory, but Sony has not yet activated the memory expansion on the software side. The additional GB or TB would therefore not be recognized at all.
But this will come to an end shortly because the PS5 firmware 2.0 is just around the corner. Currently, the software is in the beta phase, but some users can already install it for this reason. As mentioned, a highlight is the activation of the memory expansion.
The external SSD must meet these requirements
For the additional memory to be recognized, it must be an M.2 SSD including PCIe Gen4. You can also orientate yourself on the packaging of the separate SSD, which must have one of the following numbers: 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, or 22110. The first two numbers are the width (22 mm), the rest stands for the length (for example, 110 mm). The width must not exceed 22 mm, and the capacity must be between 250 GB and 4 TB. If you are unsure, despite this information, a look at the corresponding Sony website will help.
Further features of the upcoming firmware update 2.0
Even if the SSD support is a particular highlight, the update has even more in its luggage:
- Integrated TV speakers receive 3D audio support.
- The Friends tab has been updated.
- Improvements have been made to the UX.
- The control center can be personalized even more.
- From now on, PS4 and PS5 games will be separated in the library and on the home screen.
- PS Now gets a change between the resolutions 720p and 1080p.
The bottom line is that the situation is clear: every PS5 owner should install firmware 2.0 as soon as it is offered. The innovations are too big to be without them. For many, it will be about memory expansion first and foremost.
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