Sony Corp. is planning to launch its PlayStation 5 for internal storage upgrades this summer, removing a bottleneck that prevents gamers from having more than a few marquee games on their console at a time, according to people briefed on the plan.
Including support for additional drives will be allowed with a firmware update that unlocks higher cooling-fan speeds too for ensuring that the console doesn’t overheat, the people said, seeking anonymity as the plans are not yet revealed. The PlayStation 5 comes with a custom solid-state drive with almost 667GB available for storing games, apps and media — at a time when the latest Call of Duty game requires 133GB of installation space and most major titles take up at least 40GB each.
Sony’s latest console features a customized architecture that speeds uploading and processing times, but makes it inappropriate to plug in an external hard drive, the similar way gamers add storage. Such a drive can only be utilized for older PS4 games. After the planned firmware upgrade, players only have to take a plastic cover off the PS5 and attach a new storage unit to address the present limitations.
As earlier announced, Sony is working to enable M.2 SSD storage expansion for PlayStation 5. The timing has not been confirmed and details will be known later.