With Sony offering a complete breakdown of the PlayStation 5 structure, we lastly have some solutions to query Mark Cerny left lingering all the way in which again throughout GDC in March. High of the checklist has been how Sony is approaching expandable storage, which we now know will assist a variety of client SSDs.
Earlier this 12 months Mark Cerny confirmed that Sony would enable PS5 gamers to broaden upon the interior SSD storage utilizing off-the-shelf NVMe SSDs, a vastly totally different strategy to Microsoft who’ve as an alternative partnered with SSD producers to create proprietary SSD growth playing cards.
Sony’s strategy permits for extra flexibility in the way you broaden your PS5 storage however is constrained by an inventory that the corporate approves beforehand. That is to make sure that the SSD you buy matches the minimal 5.5 GB/s bandwidth, solely afforded by brand-new PCIe four.zero SSDs that firms like Samsung and Western Digital have began producing.
Regardless of being weeks from launch, Sony hasn’t but introduced any suitable SSDs for the PS5. The teardown does, nonetheless, present how straightforward it will likely be to put in as soon as they develop into out there. The facet panels of the PS5 can simply pop off, revealing an SSD slot on the one facet. That slot options assist for the complete gamut of SSD lengths, together with 2230, 2242, 2260, and 2280 commonplace sizes. Cerny did point out that some SSDs will likely be constrained by their top too, so it is nonetheless sensible to attend on Sony’s approval earlier than making a purchase order.
The existence of the slot additionally confirms that you just will not be changing the PS5’s inside SSD, which has its modules soldered on to the console’s board. Sony has created a buyer controller for the PS5 SSD, with a complete of 825GB included with the console. Proper now, most industrial PCIe four.zero SSDs are available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB variants, however that is more likely to change quickly.
Sony hasn’t but detailed if you can use exterior HDDs to play backwards suitable titles, which Microsoft is supporting on the Xbox Collection X/S. The PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, with the digital model retailing for $400 and the disc-based mannequin at $500. Take a look at our PS5 preorder information for notifications on inventory throughout varied retailers.