You’ll be able to upgrade your PlayStation 5 storage this summer

Considering the bloated sizes of recent games like Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077 (250GB just for those two), the PlayStation 5’s 825GB internal SSD feels pretty tiny. Now there are rumors that you’ll finally be able to put another drive in the PS5’s currently empty M.2 expansion slot from summer 2021, according to Bloomberg.

The extra storage will be enabled by a firmware update which will also unlock higher cooling fan speeds to prevent overheating – possibly on a smart, game-by-game basis. Once the upgrade arrives, all you need to do is remove the plastic cover to access the storage slot and install the drive. The PS5 is compatible with current and next-generation ultra-high-speed PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs, although Sony has yet to announce which ones will be supported.

The PS5 comes with an 825GB SSD, but only 667GB is usable. It’s possible to connect regular external hard drives via the USB port, but they only work for older PS4 games. In a statement, Sony confirmed it was working to unlock the M.2 SSD expansion, but a spokesperson said Bloomberg that “the timing has not been announced and details will be shared later”.

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