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Sony to unlock M.2 SSD storage expansion for PlayStation 5 this summer

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Feb 26, 2021 9:12 pm
Credit: Sony.

Dimapur, Feb. 26 (EMN): In a move that may please PlayStation 5 (PS5) owners around the world, Sony has announced that it is working on a firmware update to enable the M.2 SSD storage expansion for the PlayStation 5.

According to a Bloomberg report, Japanese tech giant Sony Corporation is working on a firmware update for the PlayStation 5 that will allow users to add another drive into the vacant M.2 expansion slot.

Currently, PlayStation 5 users are stuck with an 825GB internal SSD — of which only 667GB is usable — with no option to add an external drive to increase the storage capacity of their PS5. Modern game titles like Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077 are notorious for their massive installation space requirements (133GB just for Call of Duty), not to mention 40+GB for updates as well.

Although Sony‘s PS5 supports regular external hard drives via the USB slot, right now it only has support for older PS4 games. Once the new firmware update arrives, users may need to open the plastic case of their PS5 and attach the new storage unit into the M.2 slot.

Apart from unlocking external storage options, Sony says that the firmware update will also enable higher cooling fan speeds to prevent overheating of the PS5 console.

It may be mentioned that the current PS5 is compatible with current and next-gen PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD drives, however, Sony has yet to announce which ones will be supported.

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Feb 26, 2021 9:12:08 pm