The expandable memory is one of the great assets of the console that were not available out of the box.
If you are part of the PlayStation 5 beta testing program, we have good news: you can expand console storage with discs M.2 SSD additional. And if you do not have access to the beta versions of the system, you will simply have to wait for the next updates to the console. The fact is that PlayStation has finally enabled the possibility of expand the internal space of PS5 with additional hard drives, one of the features the company advertised before the console’s launch, but which they had not enabled until now.
Again, the function it only arrives at the moment to the beta versions firmware, but PlayStation promises in its support page that will be enabled to the rest of the users “in a future update of the software”. If you are one of those who participate in the beta program, or if you simply like to prepare things with time, we indicate you below how to install an M.2 SSD on a PlayStation 5, as explained by Sony itself on its website.
How to install an M.2 SSD on PS5
- A well-lit room and a table to work on
- A # 1 Phillips screwdriver (those with the 4-point star head)
- A small flashlight (optional)
Steps to follow
- Check that the console is up to date.
- If the console is on, press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to turn it off. Then, disconnect all cables and devices from the console. Wait a bit for the PS5 to cool down.
- Place the console on a soft cloth, on a flat surface, and remove the base.
- Position the console so that the hole in the base is facing you, with the PS logo facing down and the power button on your left.
- Place your palms near the top corners of the cover and grasp the edge. Carefully pull the cover up and towards you. You may hear a ‘click’. With the cover removed, you’ll see a long, rectangular plate covering the expansion slot, held in place by a screw.
- Remove the cover screw, and then the cover itself.
- Remove the screws from the M.2 SSD drive bay.
- Holding the M.2 SSD by the edge, align it with the gap in the expansion bay, and diagonally from the top, insert it firmly all the way.
- Tilt the M.2 SSD down and secure it with the screws from step 7.
- Replace the slot cover and screw it on.
- Replace the console cover, positioning it slightly away from the top edge (2 cm or so) and sliding it back to its original position. You will hear a ‘click’ when it is securely fastened.
- Replace the base, power cord and devices, and turn on the console.
To transfer games to additional storage It is as simple as pressing the ‘Options’ button on the games in the library that you want to move, and selecting the contextual option for it. On the PlayStation support page you can check supported M.2 SSD disks with PS5 and its requirements. For now, the company does not advance when will the feature be available for all other users, but it shouldn’t take long after these tests.
In fact, Bloomberg sources claimed months ago that PlayStation was going to enable the feature this summer, something that seems to be true in light of this news. A function highly demanded by users before an internal storage that some consider to be scarce for PS5 games, although from Sony they state that they do not see problems with the space of their console. A machine whose last sales milestone was yesterday: more than 10 million PS5s sold in 8 months.
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