PS5 storage expansion launches for all owners with next update

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Say goodbye to storage woes

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Sony has announced the launch date for the next PS5 system update, which will eventually allow owners to expand the console’s onboard storage.

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one in blog postHideki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience, announced that the second major software update for the PS5 will launch tomorrow, Sept. 15. The full rollout follows a longer beta period that allowed select users to test out the update’s new features.

Nishino writes, “The update includes a variety of enhancements to the PS5 console experience as well as 3D audio support for the built-in TV speakers.” “It also includes the M.2 SSD storage expansion, which enables PS5 players to store and play PS5 games, PS4 games and media apps directly from the expanded high-speed storage.”

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It is this last point that will be most exciting to many PlayStation owners. Although the solid state drive (SSD) expansion bay has been accessible since the PS5’s launch, the console’s system software will no longer recognize anything installed in it.

Considering that the PS5 only has 825GB of onboard storage, and close to 160GB of that is used for system files, that only leaves players with a rather woeful 667.2GB of space to install games. Although an external storage drive can be used to store PS5 or PS4 games, only PS4 games can be played from one, which means there’s a lot of frustrating space to move PS5 games around. Is.

After the September update goes live, between 250GB and 4TB of drives will be supported by the PS5, offering a potentially huge increase in onboard storage space. Unlike an external drive, PS5 games will be able to run seamlessly from a new internal drive.

While setting up a new M.2 SSD requires little technical knowledge, it isn’t the most difficult upgrade to perform. Sony has also provided a dedicated guide page To explain how the installation is done, and to detail the specifications of the drives that players will need to purchase. It’s worth bearing in mind that any SSD installed will need to include a heat-sink to help with cooling.

The downside is that M.2 SSD drives can be expensive, and must be purchased separately. At the time of writing, a top-end 4TB Corsair drive is ~£490 ($680 USD).

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The PS5 update will also introduce support for 3D audio through the TV speakers. Players will need to enable it in the PS5’s sound menu, then measure the acoustics of their room using the DualSense controller’s built-in microphone, customizing the result for each location. Other sound updates include an equalizer for the Pulse 3D headset, allowing for more audio control for the wireless earphones.

Small improvements include changes to the console’s user experience, including a customizable Control Center — the row of icons at the bottom of the PS5 screen — and enhanced messaging via the Game Base app, and a clear distinction between PS5 and PS4 games installed on the console. Is. . Sadly, there’s no option to turn off the console by long-pressing the PS button on the controller, a missing feature that still baffles.

In other news, metal Gear Solid And death stranding Producer Hideo Kojima has stated that he wants to make games that “change in real time”, and that “change based on where”. [a] The person lives, and that person’s unique perspective.”

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