How To Expand Your PS5’s Storage Space

How To Expand Your PS5’s Storage Space
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Looking for ways to fit more games on your next-gen PlayStation? Here are your options for expanding the PS5‘s storage.

In a time where digital game downloads, patches, and DLC content can quickly eat up all the storage space on your game consoles, it’s nice to know that you have the option to increase the hard drive capacity by yourself, if you want to.

Sony has always been open to you upgrading your own hard drive, with the PS3 and PS4 giving you relatively easy access to the hard drive bay to replace the internal drive, as well as allowing you to use external storage options. The PS5 has a similar philosophy, but unfortunately, not one you can take advantage of at launch.

How Do I Upgrade Storage On PS5?

While you can’t replace the internal SSD of the PS5, since its integration is so vital to the operation of the console, the console comes equipped with the ability to add an extra NVMe SSD storage easily to supplement the blazing-fast read speeds.

The PS5 features an expansion slot for NVMe drives, which can be easily accessed by popping off the side panels of the PlayStation 5, and then unscrewing the cover to the bay.

In its official hardware teardown, Sony stated that the slot will fit most NVMe SSDs featuring M.2 interfaces and also includes support for future drives that will feature PCIe 4.0.

However, Sony have confirmed (most recently to The Verge) that the ability to use this storage expansion will only come in a future system update. Currently, M.2 drives come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds, and PS5 system architect Mark Cerny stated that Sony is looking to do compatibility testing to confirm which drives would be compatible.

Can I Use External Hard Drives On PS5?

Yes, but only for PS4 games. You can plug in an external USB hard drive of any kind to store and access PS4 game data on your PS5.

You’ll be able to run any PS4 games you have directly off the drive, and even tell the console to install any future PS4 games directly onto said external drive, if you wish. You cannot move PS5 data to an external drive.

Edmond Tran is a long-time video games journalist and the former Australian editor of GameSpot.


    • Yep, totally.
      Why is this still unclear? Is it because SSDs are (relatively) new and haven’t settled down to a few recognised standards? Or is the PS5 slightly ahead of commercial SSDs, and so the right ones haven’t been made yet? I guess I’m just puzzled what’s going on. Because I’m absolutely going to need expansion.

      • It’s fairly clear, but Sony need to certify drives because the speeds required are very high even by NVMe standards. Moment-to-moment game performance may rely on consistent throughput from the drive in a way that current games don’t so it’ll only be a subset of drives that get the nod.

        What I want to see personally is the option to swap PS5 (and XBox) games out to external drives for storage – encrypted if necessary – then back into internal storage if/when you want to start playing that game again. It’d surely be a hell of a lot more convenient than having to delete games to make room.

        • It turns out that XBox will let you archive games to external storage. PS5 has some major features it needs to implement like archiving and VRR.

        • It’s fine to say “you need to use specific drives” but those drives should be available fairly quickly after launch in my opinion as you can’t play PS5 games from an external.

          Xbox has the Seagate expansion drives good to go, expensive though considering the cost of the console.

          If it’s like the Xbox One you can copy games across drives easily, filter to see which games are on which drives, the UI is pretty good for that. If it’s a disk game you need the disk in and if it’s a digital game you need to be signed in – no encryption needed.

  • So how do I ‘How To Expand Your PS5’s Storage Space?’

    Your article seems high on click-ability and low on actual answers to the headline.

    • you dont was the answer i got from the article.

      Sony will test M2 chips and tell you which ones work, then you can buy one and install it 🙂

  • Bugger. Guess it’s part of the design spec that PS5 games have access to high speed drives.

    I have an SSD that I’m pulling out of my PS4, I’m planning on sticking it in an enclosure and using it for extra games, looks like they’ll only be PS4 games at this point.

    Gotta say though, as a long time PC gamer, I’ve regularly seen visual on my ps4 that have been jaw droppingly beautiful. God of War is a case in point but there are many others. It’s pretty cool that the next gen is here. I wonder what we’ll be seeing in a few years time?

    Hopefully not a PS5 Pro though. Just…. no.

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