Users can now expand PS5 storage

Manufacturer Sony provides its PlayStation 5 customers with a software update. Thus, the console gets a feature that many have been waiting for for months.

Sony hat für seine PlayStation-5-Kundschaft das zweite große Systemsoftware-Update im Angebot. Das hat der Konsolen-Hersteller auf dem PlayStation Blog bekannt gegeben. Die Aktualisierung ermöglicht nun endlich, den Speicher der PS5 selbst zu erweitern. Neben weiteren Verbesserungen gibt es außerdem ein neues 3D-Klangerlebnis.

Expand PS5 memory

An important feature that Sony had already announced at the presentation of the PS5 is the possibility to expand the built-in memory. If you want, you can expand the console with an SSD in the M.2 form factor. Games and media apps can be loaded directly onto the expanded storage and launched from there. Moving between the SSD and the built-in storage as well as an external storage source is also possible.

How to install an SSD in the PS5.

The SSD has to meet certain requirements. For example, only PCI Express SSD (NVMe) in M.2 format is compatible with M-Key. The slower SATA SSDs with B-Key do not even fit into the slot inside the PS5. The size can be up to 22 mm in width and 110 mm in length (22110 format). SSDs with storage sizes between 250 GB and 4 TB are recognized by the PS5, Sony recommends at least 5500 megabytes per second as read speed. The company also advises a heat sink for the SSD.

  1. Turn off the PS5 and place it on its left side.
  2. Remove right cover by lifting the top edge and sliding it down.
  3. Loosen the screw above the metal cover over the SSD slot.
  4. Place the fixation point for the SSD in the right place, in accordance with the length of the SSD.
  5. Carefully insert the SSD and fix it with a screw.
  6. Screw the cover back on and replace the side panel.
  7. Start the PS5 and follow the formatting instructions on the screen.

You can find detailed instructions in this video:

Improved user experience

Specifically, PS5 users should be able to design the user interface (Control Center) even more freely and rearrange controls with the software update. In addition, the home screen now differentiates games that have both the PS4 and PS5 versions installed. The tiles for both versions are separate and show the respective platform directly.

PlayStation Now customers have a choice between 720p and 1080p resolution, depending on the game.

3D sound via the TV

After installing the update, users can play simulated 3D sound through their built-in TV speakers. The acoustics of the room are measured for this with the DualSense controller’s built-in microphones. The function can be found in the menu item “Sound”.


  • PlayStation Blog

With material from dpa