PlayStation 5 may undergo a firmware update this summer to unlock its M.2 expansion slot. The console was launched in November 2020 with a 1TB ultra-high-speed SSD and another empty M.2 slot for expansion, but it has been locked by software. 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 fast storage to the console. The console comes with 1TB drives, but not all disks are available. Considering the size of the current game, this has become a concern for some gamers.
According to The Verge citing Bloomberg reports, Sony may release a firmware update that will unlock the auxiliary M.2 expansion slot of the PlayStation 5. PS5 (review) has two storage slots, one of which is equipped with a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD. Although it is relatively easy to access the secondary storage slot, storage cannot be added because the storage space is locked, and according to an earlier report from The Verge, Sony has stated that the feature is “reserved for future updates.”
However, judging from 1TB of onboard storage space, only 825GB is available, and most importantly, only 667GB is actually available for storing games and media. As the size of the game grows, 667GB of storage space can soon be filled, and gamers have to delete old games to install new ones, which is a terrible situation. Only the ability to add more storage would be ideal.
The report also mentioned that the firmware update will make the PS5’s cooling fan spin faster to accommodate the additional heat that will be generated when more storage is added. In addition, there is likely to be a specific third-party SSD used in conjunction with the PS5, which may have to meet the standards of the onboard SSD. Currently, PS5 allows external storage, but cannot be used to run native PS5 games.
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