With the launch of the PlayStation 5 this week, console gamers will be able to experience solid-state drive technology that has been fine-tuned for quicker loading times and transitions between games. Both models of the PS5 will come equipped with an 825 GB internal NVMe SSD, but only 667 GB will actually be usable.
Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a problem when external USB 3.1 hard drives are commonplace and can easily serve as a storage point for unused games, but the PS5 won’t allow for its games to be temporarily moved and stored on one of these devices. If you run out of space you’ll need to delete that game and then re-download it at another time, which could be a problem for people who have capped internet access.
Sony is looking into a solution for this, as Sid Shuman, senior director SIE content communications, explained on the PS Blog that “explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway.”