Report: PlayStation 5 Will Not Support SSD Storage Expansions When It Launches


Posted on November 9, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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With less than a handful of days until the arrival of the PlayStation 5, Sony Interactive Entertainment just less than a week before shipped out review units for the approaching next-generation console. With that, many media outlets are learning more about the system for which readers can learn from as to what the unit can do and what is not present for the device.

Recently, it was reported from IGN Italy that the system despite being an advertised machine will not support 1440p monitors. While the setback is fairly minor with the system primarily used on television which does not support the resolution either, those that play at a desk are at a loss. It still comes as a surprised regardless as Sony even advertises “8K” on the console’s packaging.

Now in a new report from The Verge, the PlayStation 5 is told to be absent of expandable SSD storage come launch. When contacting Sony as to why this is, the firm issues a statement – “[T]his is reserved for a future update,” as the slot for the unit is disable when units ship. However, The Verge does reiterate that PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny did give a warning back during his technical presentation back in March.

Cerny says “it’d be great if that happened by launch, but it’s likely to be a bit past it, so please hold off on getting that M.2 drive until you hear from us.” He does add that support is expected “a bit past” the console’s release. So for now, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S is the only console to properly support the expansion devices.

While the SSD cards and drives are anticipated to receive support in post-launch of the console, other features Sony confirmed are out of its reach for the PlayStation 5. That being extended backwards compatibility: Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan verified that PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 “has not been achieves.” You can read the full report by heading here.

What are your thoughts on support for SSD missing for PlayStation 5?

PlayStation 5 is set to release on November 12, 2020 and November 19, 2020.

Source: The Verge

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