Sony will allow the PlayStation 5 to make use of expanded SSD storage from this summer, according to a report in Bloomberg. The functionality is said to be coming in a firmware update that will activate the PS5’s M.2 expansion slot, which is currently disabled.
The planned firmware is also expected to allow the PS5’s internal fans to spin faster. Cooling is key to the reliable operation of the console, and adding a hot M.2 SSD means the PS5 will need to pump out the hot air faster to keep temperatures under control.
When PS5-compatible SSDs do appear, don’t expect them to be cheap. They will need to be PCIe Gen4 drives, which typically cost between $150-$200 for 1TB of storage.