Expand your PS5 storage: internal, external

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There are several ways to get extra storage on PS5. In this article, we discuss three ways to get bonus GBs, so if you need extra space for your games, keep reading.

When can we expand PS5 storage?

The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea were able to enjoy the new PS5 from November 12, 2020 on, while the console was released in the rest of the world on November 19, 2020.

How much storage does the PS5 have? The new generation engine comes with a 825 GB of storage. However, some of this space is taken up by the operating system and other essential files, leaving about 667 GB of usable internal storage.

How to expand internal storage: M.2 SSD expansion?

If the 825 GB of storage (or more like 667GB storage) isn’t enough for you, don’t worry – soon you’ll be able to expand that space with up to 4TB. The console has an internal free slot compatible with PCIe Gen 4 M.2 NVMe SSD Card (solid-state drive) with a capacity of 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB or 4 TB. This feature was locked when the PS5 released in 2020, however, rumors have it that the PS5 SSD upgrade will be available in August 2021 after a few players got access to a beta firmware update, which unlocked the expansion bay. NVMe SSD read speed will be between 5.5 GB/s and 9 GB/s and you will be able to store and play at the same time PS4 and PS5 games From this. It is important to note that this is the only way to expand the free space of the console that will allow you to store and play PS5 games.

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How to expand external storage: external SSD?

Another way to expand your PS5’s storage is to plug in a External SSD. However, this comes with several drawbacks. For example, you will be able to store and play from it only PS4 games. Another negative side of using a portable SSD is the speed it’s somewhere between 500 MB/s and 1 GB/s.

How to expand external storage: Portable HDD?

Just as using a portable SSD is an option, you can also opt for a portable HDD (hard drive). As mentioned above, this will allow you to only store and play PS4 games but the biggest difference with external SSD is the speed which will drop to 60MB/s – 160MB/s. However, it is undoubtedly the cheapest option.

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What is the difference between NVMe SSD, SSD and HDD?

If you find it difficult to choose between these three options, you may need to understand the difference between them.

NVMe-SSD represented Nonvolatile Memory Express Solid State Drive. Thanks to PCIe sockets – Peripheral Component Interconnect Express sockets – the NVMe SSD used in the PS5 can send up to 24 additional data than the two previous consoles: PS4 and PS4 Pro. In addition, they communicate directly with the system processor.

The second type of SSD is based on SATA – Serial Advanced Technology Accessory. Data transfer in a system with SATA SSDs is much slower than with the NVMe SSD, hence the speed difference described above. An SSD uses interconnected flash memory chips that do not require power to retain data. They have no physical moving parts.

On the other hand, HDDs use mechanical trays, as well as a mobile read/write head – it allows them to access the data. This leads to longer loading times and delays between tasks, such as opening apps.

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