The PlayStation 5 may receive a firmware update this summer that will unlock its M.2 expansion slot. The console was launched in November 2020 with a 1TB super-fast SSD and another empty M.2 slot for expansion but it was software locked. Now, a report states that Sony may release a firmware update this summer that will activate the second M.2 slot and allow users to add more faster storage to the console. While the console comes with a 1TB drive, it is not available for all use. Given the size of the current generation of games, this is a concern for some gamers.
According to a report by The Verge, Bloomberg said, Sony may release a firmware update that will unlock the PlayStation 5’s secondary M.2 expansion slot. The PS5 (Review) comes with two storage slots, one of which is equipped with a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD. Secondary storage slots are relatively easy to access, adding storage is not possible because it is locked, and according to an earlier report by The Verge, Sony stated that the feature was “reserved for future updates.”
But, from that 1TB of onboard storage space, only 825GB is available, and on top of that, only 667GB is actually usable for storing games and media. With the increasing game size, it will not take too much time to fill up the 667GB to leave gamers with the dangerous situation of removing the old game to install new gamers. The ability to add more storage would be ideal.
The report also mentioned that the firmware update would allow the PS5’s cooling fan to spin faster to accommodate for the extra heat that would be generated after adding more storage. In addition, there will most likely be specific third-party SSDs that work with the PS5, which will likely have to meet the standard of onboard SSDs. Right now, the PS5 allows external storage, but cannot be used to play native PS5 games.
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