The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are upon us. Reviewers have already reviewed both devices and we have positive things to hear about both the devices. Now, there are still a couple of caveats to both devices that people should consider before getting them. For the Xbox, it is perhaps the lack of a diverse library of games. For the PS5 though, Sony has done it once again. They always make a device capable of so much and yet they hold it back in their typical Sony fashion. This is quite similar to what Apple does with its iPhones.
Sony’s high-speed SSD is actually quite remarkable but limiting it to about 650GBs of user space does close many avenues. Not to mention, Sony has made it almost impossible to upgrade the SSD. So for the people who are going for the All-Digital variant, beware. The company does not even allow external SSD or hard drive support right out of the box. People would not be happy with that. There is still a bit of hope though. An article from the folks over at WCCFTECH really dive into this.
According to the article, the company’s FAQ answers a lot of questions. As of now, users cannot store PS5 games on an external USB device. Sony’s excuse is the lack of high-speed transfers that would be limited by the USB port. They do add that they are working on a way that players will be able to JUST store these titles on USB devices in the future. As of now, only PS4 titles can be stored on external media.
People may then argue that there is an M.2 slot exists. At launch though, there will be no supported M.2 drives to make that happen. Even Sony adds that it would be working with manufacturers to make this happen. For now, though, players have to wait for a future update and rely on the onboard storage to play their titles. As for the inactive ones, they have to offload the titles. Only PS4 titles can be stored and played off of external storage. This is perhaps because of the lighter demand for such titles.
This is a huge “if” for those who want to go for PS5. Nonetheless, the PS5 is still a beast of a machine and Sony would most certainly come up with a solution to fix this and match the competition. People hoping to save a couple of bucks by going for the all-digital version though: we suggest you might want to wait around or cop-out a couple of extra dollars. You never know how long this update may take and depending on your game library, you would not want to hold yourself back.