The good news is that, if all goes according to plan, you’ll be able to upgrade your Playstation 5’s storage this summer.
The bad news is that while it’ll probably be cheaper than buying the Xbox Series X’s storage expansion, it’ll still be pretty pricey. As reported by Bloomberg, Sony are planning on releasing a firmware update that will let you put your own M2 SSD card into the console, doubling or even quadrupling the storage space that’s normally available.
The Playstation 5 comes with an 875GB hard drive though, factoring in the PS5’s base software, only 667GB of that is useable. It has a slot you can put an M2 SSD drive into but, right now, that doesn’t do anything. Sony are going to issue a firmware update that will let you do that, which should arrive this summer.
The catch is, to match up with the internal SSD speed, you’ll need a PCIe 4.0 NVMe M2 drive; potentially Sony could let you use a slower one but that would present its own difficulties. And, right now, those drives aren’t cheap, costing just under £100 for a 500GB one, £170 for a 1TB one and £380 for a 2TB one. A 1TB upgrade for the Xbox Series X costs £290, so that’s a saving at least, right?
Not necessarily. Yes, it’s cheaper, but when Sony unlock the feature you can expect PCIe 4.0 SSDs to be heavily in demand and it’s possible that’ll lead to shortages which, in turn, could lead to a new wave of scalping, this time charging exorbitant prices for SSD drives rather than consoles. So the waiting game begins..