PlayStation 5 Internal Storage Upgrades Will Reportedly Be Enabled This Summer
Players will be able to upgrade their PlayStation 5 internal storage following an update in the summer, according to a Bloomberg report.
Sources close to the planning process told Bloomberg that a firmware patch will arrive later this year, and will let players upgrade the internal storage on the console with compatible M.2 SSD drives.
The console launched with the upgradable expansion slot, but it’s been unusable – the patch will finally activate it, allowing owners to improve upon the 667 GB of storage available from the PS5’s internal SSD, crucially letting them store more than a few PS5 games on the system at one time.
The console’s storage can already be expanded via an external drive connected by USB, but it will only be able to play and store PS4 games. At present, native PS5 games have to be played on the console’s internal storage, but this reported patch will at least let players have more internal space for PS5 games.
Bloomberg’s report says that the update will also unlock “higher cooling-fan speeds” to support custom drives and mitigate overheating. This reported patch will be important given the ballooning storage real-estate taken up by modern games. Earlier this week, Activision said that 500 GB PS4 owners may “need to make room” if they wish to have the fully updated versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone installed.
In other PlayStation 5 news, Sony hosted a State of Play this week that revealed new games such as Sufi and Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade.
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