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When can we expand the PS5 SSD?

Exploded PS5

In a latest report published by Bloomberg, the medium ensures that the highly anticipated functionality of use additional SSD drives using the expansion slot that the console has inside, it will begin to be available in the middle of this year (summer in the northern hemisphere).

We already knew that this function would arrive with a future system update, but it seems that the date is getting closer and closer. The interesting thing about the matter is that it seems that the use of an additional storage unit will bring with it a series of details that until now we had not taken into account.

More revolutions for the fan

Exploded PS5

If there is one thing that many users have appreciated about the new console, it is its excellent noise level when it is running at full capacity. The dissipation work of this generation has been quite good, and although there is the famous electrical noise “coil whine”, in general the console performs excellently.

However, as detailed in Bloomberg, the use an additional SSD drive will force the system to increase fan speed to maintain the temperature of the equipment in optimal conditions. Remember that the PS5’s integrated SSD offers really fast read and write times, so the new units that will be connected to the console should offer a similar performance.

This could mean that the compatible SSD units that will begin to be marketed should have very specific specifications so that they comply with the standards of the console, something that could be one of the causes of this endless wait, in addition to that this would entail a considerable energy consumption that would translate into heat.

We still don’t know which units will be compatible

Anyway, to this day we still cannot know which units will be compatible with the console. Sony must announce which units comply with the standards required by the console, and from there we will be able to know what price the compatible versions will have and what benefits each of them will offer. We may even see some with some kind of built-in heatsink, so we’ll see what manufacturers surprise us with.

Is it going to be the loudest PS5?


With the information shared, right now is what we can understand. More fan revolutions can only translate into more noise, although it will be necessary to see how far that secondary unit is going to be operating at all times and what temperatures it can reach constantly.

It may be that everything stays in something specific, and that with a good organization of the contents we reduce the demand for data from either of the two storage options, thus helping to better manage the internal temperature of the console.

However, with games like Call of duty, which takes more than 500 GB of space, we fear that this organization will be quite complicated, especially knowing that the internal capacity of the console remains at only 667 GB after subtracting the space necessary to store the system files.


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