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PS5 Expandable SSDs: The most awaited PS5 feature is finally here

Sony has finally enabled the storage expansion for the PS5.

Sony’s PS5 has been a resounding success since its launch in November of last year. It met with some extremely positive responses from both the fans and the critics alike. From the overwhelmingly beautiful visuals to lightning-fast loading times, the PlayStation 5 had the fans hooked to their TV screens. Just last week, Sony announced that the PS5 had sold more than 10 million units, making it the fastest-selling console in Sony’s history.

Although it’s still a debate as to whether how many of those 10 million units got to the fans and how many of those were scooped up by scalpers. The success of the PS5 is nothing short of spectacular. Among all the praise and positive reception that the console received, there was this one feature that fans thought should have been there from the start. And that feature was the expandable storage.

Up until last week, you couldn’t upgrade your existing 825GBs of SSD storage. But not anymore. Sony announced that they were enabling the feature for a select number of beta users through a system software update. With the update being available to everyone after some time.

However, due to the very fast nature of PS5’s SSD, Sony had to set some specific requirements that the SSD needs to meet to be compatible with the PS5. Firstly, the drive should be a PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD with reading speeds up to 5,500MB/s or faster. For cooling purposes, a heatsink needs to be installed on the SSD drive before putting it in the PlayStation. The dimensions of the SSD after putting on the heatsink should be 110x25x11.25 millimeters with the capacities of the drive ranging from 250GB to 4TB.

Now there is only a handful of SSDs that meet these requirements. The Architect of the PlayStation 5, Mark Cerny, took to Twitter to unveil his SSD of choice. Cerny put his money on the Western Digital Black SSD. Western digital also confirmed that their top-of-the-line SSD was compatible with the PS5. Another option is the Seagate Firecuda 530, with Seagate also declaring the SSD’s compatibility with the PS5. Keep in mind that you will have to install a heatsink on both of these options.

Although it is a bummer that the feature is only available for beta users just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes available to everyone. And when it does, a lot of people will be running to get their hands on one of these drives.

Reported By: M. Ibrahim Shahid

Written By: M. Ibrahim Shahid

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