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The PS5 won’t support SSD storage expansion out of the box

With two weeks to go before the PlayStation 5 launches in South Africa, Sony has been sharing more information regarding its next-gen console – some of which may not be great news for those eyeing up the PS5.

To that end, we’ve already seen Sony confirm that all launch day sales will be online-only.

The latest bit of news pertains to the SSD on the PS5, and according to The Verge, expansion of said drive will not be supported at launch.

As the publication notes, and as we saw during a recent teardown video, the PlayStation 5 features an internal slot where stick-shaped M.2 SSDs can be fitted, but this functionality will be disabled out of the box, Sony has told them.

That said, the functionality will be enabled via an update that Sony is planning, but no date for it has been mentioned at this stage.

“[T]his is reserved for a future update,” the company has told The Verge.

If anyone is surprised by this news, you should not be, at least if you’ve been following Sony’s technical sessions regarding the PS5 in the build up to its release. At a live streamed session in March in particular, PlayStation hardware architect Mark Cerny discussed this aspect at some length.

“It’d be great if that happened by launch, but it’s likely to be a bit past it, so please hold off on getting that M.2 drive until you hear from us,” he noted in regard to the newly developed SDD on the console and expansion thereof.

As for why this is the case, Cerny has explained that the availability of an M.2 SSD fast and thin enough to be compatible with the PS5 is the issue here. Once those become more readily available to consumers, we may see that future update being rolled out.

For now though, as Cerny advises, hold off on that additional SSD purchase.

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