As of today it is possible to expand the SSD storage of the PS5 through the PCIe slot. It took 10 months from launch for Sony to activate this option on its next-generation console. In fact, the beta was available for the last two months to identify possible bugs and receive feedback from users. Once it was possible to guarantee its proper functioning, it was released for all owners.
The new update for the PS5, which is also the second most important update since its launch, weighs 913 MB. Keep in mind, that yes, that to expand the storage requires an SSD that meets the requirements established by Sony. The M.2 drive must be compatible with the standard PCIe 4.0 and offer a 5,500 MB / s minimum read speed.
On the other hand, the company recommends accompanying the unit with a heat dissipator. Meanwhile, the capacity of the SSD can be between 250 GB and 4 TB. Are there units on the market that meet these specifications? Yes, including the Samsung 980 Pro, Western Digital Black SN850, Seagate FireCuda 530 and Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s. In the following official Sony video you can see the process to insert the unit in your PS5:
The PS5 receives more news
But beyond allowing to expand the SSD storage of the PS5, the update also includes other news, especially improvements in the user experience. For instance, now it will be possible to customize the Control Center choosing the options that should be displayed at the bottom of the screen. In addition, it will be easier to write messages to our friends through the Game Base.
“While viewing the Game Base in full screen, players can also see how many of their friends are online, busy, or offline, as well as accept, decline, or cancel multiple friend requests at once.”
Also, the interface aims to finally end the confusion that exists between PS4 and PS5 games on Home. After upgrade you will see labels next to the titles that indicate which console they belong to. There will be tabs in your library that separate the installed games based on their platform. Finally, it offers the option to automatically upload the video captures of “Best personal brands”, as well as a new system for tracking trophies and support for 3D Audio on TV speakers.
“The September Update for PS5 adds support for gamers to experience 3D audio through their Integrated TV speakers. Once activated in the Sound menu, this feature transforms standard audio from two-channel TV speakers into sound. three-dimensional, increasing the feeling of immersion in the gameplay. “